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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sandwip-Explore the Natural, Historical and Cultural Attractions of Bangladesh

Sandwip is an island along the south eastern coast of Bangladesh.It is a sub-division of Chittagong District. It is situated at the estuary of the Meghna River on the Bay of Bengal. It is separated from the Chittagong coast by the Sandwip channel.It has a population of nearly 400,000.There are 15 unions in Sandwip.

Sandwip is a historical island of Bangladesh.It is located at the nort-eastern side of The Bay of Bengal, nearby the main portcity Of the country, e.g.; Chittagong. It is one of the most ancient islands of Bangladesh.

Photo from Sandwip 
The age of the island is about three thousand years.It was ruled by different outsiders in different periods of time. Once upon a time it was an idependent state ruled by Delwar Khan. Then it was undergone different rullerss. It was a lucrative place for the foreigners. This is why the people from Arab, Portugal, Burma, etc came to the island and tried to take over the power to exploit the island and its wealth. The island was very fertile and the people of sandwip were very clever and industrious. So, Sandwip could grow a large amount of crops like paddy, dal, vegetables, wheat,coconut,battle leaf etc. About three hundred ships of salt per year were loaded for export from then Sandwip port. It was also a renoun port for ship building industry. The then Turkish president Solaiman Demirel when came to Chittagong(1994) cited that they imported their gun ship from Sandwip port as the ships made in sandwip were best ones among the world. Still sandwip is a fertile land to produce different types of crops, coconut, melon, and many fruits like mango, pine apple,gaab,jam etc.

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