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Lagos is loosely classified into two main geographical areas - the "Island" and the "Mainland".

Following threats from Kosoko and the French who were positioned at Wydah, a decision was made by Lord Palmerston (British Prime Minister) who noted in 1861, "the expediency of losing no time in assuming the formal Protectorate of Lagos".

Also, on 12 December 1991, the seat of the Federal Government was also formally relocated to Abuja.

However, Lagos still remains the financial centre of the country, and also grew to become the most populous conurbation in the country.

Following its early settlement by the Awori nobility, and its conquest by the Bini warlords of Benin, the state first came to the attention of the Portuguese in the 15th century.

Portuguese explorer Rui de Sequeira visited the area in 1472, naming the area around the city Lago de Curamo.

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