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The Migration of Place Names: Africa, Libya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Sudan

By Martin W. Lewis | December 5, 2011 | 11 Comments
Wikipedia Map of the Periplus of the Erythrean Sea

Several weeks ago, GeoCurrents noted that the place name “Afghanistan” had been geographically displaced, as it originally referred to a region in what is now northwestern Pakistan. Left unsaid was the fact that such toponymic displacement is common. Over time, the areas denoted by place names often expand, contract, or move laterally. If one is not aware of such dislocations, …

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