An engraving of a Chinese merchant’s house in Canton, circa 1845. Photo: Getty Images An engraving of a Chinese merchant’s house in Canton, circa 1845. Photo: Getty Images
An engraving of a Chinese merchant’s house in Canton, circa 1845. Photo: Getty Images

Why New York, Mumbai and Guangzhou were once known by other names

  • Colonialisation, a change in the prevailing political ideology and financial gain have all been reasons for places to rebrand
  • For London commuter suburb Staines-upon-Thames, it was humiliation at the hands of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen

Topic |   History
An engraving of a Chinese merchant’s house in Canton, circa 1845. Photo: Getty Images An engraving of a Chinese merchant’s house in Canton, circa 1845. Photo: Getty Images
An engraving of a Chinese merchant’s house in Canton, circa 1845. Photo: Getty Images
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