Sandwip

Infobox Islands
name = Sandwip


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native name = সন্দ্বীপ
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location = Bay of Bengal
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country = Bangladesh
country admin divisions title = District
country admin divisions = Chittagong District
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Sandwip ( _bn. সন্দ্বীপ) is an island along the south eastern coast of Bangladesh.It is also spelled "Sandvip" both are mostly used.It is a sub-division of Chittagong District. It is situated at the estuary of the Meghna River on the Bay of Bengal and 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 Chittagong. It is one of the most ancient islands of Bangladesh. It was ruled by different outsiders in different periods of time. Once upon a time it was an independent state ruled by Delwar Khan, then it had different rulers. Sandwip grows crops like paddy, lentils, vegetables, wheat, coconut and batel leaf.

About three hundred ships of salt per year were loaded for export from the Sandwip port. It also had a ship building industry. The then Turkish president Solaiman Demirel when he came to Chittagong in 1994 imported a gun ship from Sandwip port. Sandwip=

*Azimpur
*Bauria
*Haramia
*Horishpur
*Kalapania
*Maitbhanga
*Mogdhara
*Musapur
*Santoshpur
*Gasua
*Amanullah
*Rahmatpur
*Sharikiat

Economy

Being an island, people here tend to be seek opportunities outside(Chittagong,Dhaka and sometimes other countries. People of Sandwip working overseas are contributing to the country's economy by sending large quantities of remittance from overseas. Many Sandwipis who reside in the UAE (Dubai) and USA (New York) are investing in the city of Chittagong, mostly towards real estate development and health care facilities.

Ecology

ee also

*History of Bangladesh

External links

* [http://banglapedia.org/HT/S_0070.htm Banglapedia article on Sandwip]
* Ramerini, Marco, [http://www.colonialvoyage.com/bengal.html Portuguese India, The Portuguese in the Bay of Bengal]
* [http://sandwipisland.com Official website ]


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