Timeline of Lagos

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The following is a timeline of the history of the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria.


Prior to 19th century

19th century

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Detail of 1898 map showing Lagos, Nigeria

20th century


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Colonial era Lagos, ca.1910
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Colonialists on the tennis courts Government House in Lagos., ca.1910
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Lagos, 1912
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Aerial photograph of Lagos in 1929


21st century

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Lagos, 2008
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Lagos, 2010
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Lagos, 2011

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