What are examples of cities created by conglomeration?
March 16, 2012 8:53 AM Subscribe
E pluribus una (urbs): Out of many cities, one. Examples of cities that at some point were two or more independent cities?
posted by languagehat to Society & Culture (57 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Obvious examples are New York City (Brooklyn, along with the other boroughs, was gobbled up in 1898) and Budapest (Buda and Pest merged in 1873); in China I know about Wuhan (created from Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang in 1926). I've been reading a history of Germany and learned that Berlin was originally two towns, Berlin on the east bank of the Spree and Cölln on the west, while Königsberg was formed from the towns of Altstadt, Kneiphof, and Löbenicht. I find myself wanting to know about other such situations, and would be grateful for any further examples you know of. Thanks!