East Pakistan. That is the name of this country until gaining independence from its big brother across from India.
Bangladesh is a highly densely populated country occupying mostly the Ganges River delta with a population about half of that of the US. It has one of the most homogeneous populations on earth with 98% being ethnically Bengali.
This area was part of the British Empire. After gaining independence in 1947 the Muslim areas were declared as Pakistan with Eastern and Western portions. This didn’t quite satisfy the Bengali and the Prime Minister-elect Mujibur declared Bangladesh’s independence 50 years ago today.
Here is Tallis’s map of northern British India from the colonial days of 1851, showing the future Bangladesh on the right.
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