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Before the creation of Lagos State on , Lagos, which was the country's capital had been administered directly by the Federal Government as a Federal Territory through the Federal Ministry of Lagos Affairs, while the Lagos City Council (LCC) governed the city.Lagos city was split into the present day seven Local Government Areas (LGAs), while the other towns now make up 13 LGAs in the state.Map of Lagos' initial city boundaries, showing its contemporary districts.
The Island is mainly a collection of islands that are separated from each other by creeks of varying sizes and are connected together by bridges.
However, the state capital was later moved to Ikeja in 1976, and the federal capital moved to Abuja in 1991.
Even though Lagos is still widely referred to as a city, the present day Lagos, also known as "Metropolitan Lagos", and officially as "Lagos Metropolitan Area" As at 2015, unofficial figures put the population of "Greater Metropolitan Lagos", which includes, Lagos and its surrounding metro area, extending as far as into Ogun State, at approximately 21 million. Lagos, which means "lakes", was a name given to the settlement by the Portuguese.
The Creoles contributed to Lagos' modernisation and their knowledge of Portuguese architecture can still be seen from the architecture on Lagos Island.
Since the 19th century, Lagos gradually transformed to a melting pot of Africans and Europeans.