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Calabar is a city in Cross River State, southeastern Nigeria. The City is watered by the Calabar River and Great Qua Rivers and creeks of the Cross River (from its inland delta). Calabar is the capital of Cross River State and the estimated population of the city is around 1.2 million residents. The actual town was known as ATAKPA . The spelling CALABAR remained till the British came and the name of the city was pronounced as CALABAH. The nearby town of ATABA took over the name and its Efik /Qua/Efut indigenes became known as CALABAR pronounced Calabar till this day. In the 16th century, Calabar had been acknowledged as an international sea port, shipping out goods such as palm oil. In the age of the Atlantic slave trade it consequently became a main port in the transportation of African slaves. The city once served as the administrative center of Government of the Niger Coast Protectorate, Southern Protectorate and Oil River Protectorate.

The majority of the slave ships that transported slaves from Calabar were English, at around 85% of these ships being from Bristol and Liverpool merchants. Old Calabar (Duke Town) and New Calabar (Creek Town, 10 miles northeast) were crucial towns in the trade of slaves in that era. The major ethnic groups taken out of Calabar as slaves were the Igbo, although they were not the main ethnicity in the area.

The city is the social center and hosts the first social club in Nigeria, The Africa Club, and hosted the first competitive football, cricket and field hockey games in Nigeria. The city contains its first Roman Catholic Mass (held at 19 Bocco Street, Calabar – 1903) and the oldest secondary school (Hope Waddell Training Institution – 1895) in eastern Nigeria. The School later produced the first President of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe.

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