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History Of Lagos Island

Lagos Island, also known as Isale Eko, is the traditional core of Lagos, Nigeria. It holds historical significance as the birthplace of Lagos and has played a central role in the economic, cultural, and political development of the region.
Lagos Island has a long history that predates the colonial era. It was originally inhabited by the Awori people, an indigenous Yoruba ethnic group. The island was known for its strategic location along the Atlantic Ocean and the Lagos Lagoon, which facilitated trade and fishing activities.

Lagos Island is the birthplace of Lagos, and its history is closely linked to the establishment of the city. According to historical accounts, the Oba (king) of Benin, Ado, is credited with sending his son to establish a settlement on an island in the lagoon. This settlement, founded in the 15th century, eventually grew to become Lagos. The location of Lagos Island made it a vital center for trade and commerce. The island's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the lagoon allowed for maritime activities, making it a hub for regional and international trade. European traders, including the Portuguese, established contact with Lagos Island in the 15th century.

Lagos Island has been a hub for cultural and religious activities. It is home to various historical landmarks, including traditional palaces, mosques, and churches. The island's diverse population contributes to its cultural richness. Over the years, Lagos Island has undergone significant development and urbanization. Infrastructure such as roads, markets, and government buildings has been established to support the growing population and economic activities.

Lagos Island served as the administrative and political center of Lagos State until the state capital was moved to Ikeja in 1976. Despite the shift in administrative functions, Lagos Island remains a key economic and cultural district. Lagos Island continues to be a major economic center with markets, financial institutions, and commercial enterprises. It hosts the Lagos Central Business District and is home to various businesses and government offices.


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