Bangladesh’s capital and largest city, Dhaka’s history stretches back over a thousand years. Once the major hub of the Mughal Empire, Dhaka was one of the most wealthy cities in the entirety of South Asia, playing a major role in international trade. It was such a major city that it was often nicknamed ‘the Venice of the East’ at the height of its success. It served as a major administrative colonial centre during its annexation by the British Empire. Following Bangladesh’s declaration of independence, it has seen considerable modernisation. One of the most densely-populated cities on the planet, Dhaka is very much the country’s cultural and economic centre.
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