Bakarganj (Classic Reprint)by J. C. Jack
The district of Bākarganj forms the central district in the northern seacoast of the Bay of Bengal and lies between 21° 54' and 23° 2' north latitude and between 89° 55' and 91° 2' east longitude. It contains an area of 4,891 square miles, but a large portion of this is covered by the waters of the Meghna estuary and other
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The district of Bākarganj forms the central district in the northern seacoast of the Bay of Bengal and lies between 21° 54' and 23° 2' north latitude and between 89° 55' and 91° 2' east longitude. It contains an area of 4,891 square miles, but a large portion of this is covered by the waters of the Meghna estuary and other rivers which form the district boundary. Excluding these rivers, the area is 3,840 square miles.
The district is bounded on the north by Faridpur district, on the east by the Meghna and Sahabazpur rivers, on the west by the Baleswar river (called Madhnmati in its northern reaches) and on the south by the Bay of Bengal.
The name of the district is derived from a certain Aga Bakhar, a prominent person at the Moghul Court at Dacca in the first half of the eighteenth century. He was owner of the Buzrugumedpur pargana, which is the largest pargana in Bakarganj and in the centre of the district, and also wādādār of the pargana of Selimabad. His headquarters which included a flourishing market were fixed at a place which he named Bakarganj, and which afterwards became for a short time the headquarters of the district when it was first formed into a magisterial jurisdiction.
The present headquarters and principal civil station is Barisal, which is situated in 21° N. and 90° E.
Bākarganj first became an independent district under the British administration in the year 1817, when it included part of what is now Khulna and also most of the Madaripur subdivision which is now in Faridpur.
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