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This altered geopolitical landscape allowed the Portuguese unhindered control of Chittagong for over a century. The nearby island of Sandwip was conquered in 1602.In 1615, the Portuguese Navy defeated a joint Dutch East India Company and Arakanese fleet near the coast of Chittagong.Later, Mrauk U, with assistance from Portuguese trading posts, gained control of the area.

It is the capital of an eponymous district and division.

It is home to the Chittagong Stock Exchange and many of Bangladesh's oldest and largest companies.

The Port of Chittagong is the largest international seaport on the Bay of Bengal. Chittagong is reputed as a relatively clean city, but still confronts substantial logistical and socioeconomic problems.

Ceded to the British East India Company in 1760, Chittagong became the chief port of Eastern Bengal and Assam under the British Raj, as well as a hub of railways.

A notable anti-colonial uprising took place in 1930.

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Foy's Lake making it the second largest city in the country.