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Why Do The Names of Regions Use The Cardinal Directions? Here's The Explanation

Region use the cardinal directions
Have you ever wondered why the name of a place or country uses the name of the cardinal directions. For example, the name of the country South Korea or North Korea. Or the countries of South Sudan and South Africa on the African continent. Not only the name of the country, the names of provinces in Indonesia also mostly use the cardinal directions as the naming of their provinces. Small examples are West Java, Central Java or East Java.

Actually naming a place name using the cardinal directions is not just an accidental naming. The naming is in accordance with the applicable standards. The naming of the place itself must be descriptive. With the aim of making it easier for people to find the place. By using the name of the cardinal directions, it is hoped that everyone can easily find the place.

By naming the wind direction, it is hoped that everyone will easily find that place on the map. For example, for example when someone searches for the country of North Korea on a map. Of course they will look in the north, not in the south.

So far, we think that only provinces in Indonesia use the cardinal directions. However, the use of wind direction itself is widely used to name provinces / states in each country.
China: Beijing and Nanjing.
England: Northampton and Southampton.
United States: North Carolina and South Carolina.
Australia: Northern territory, South territory and Western territory.

Even the names of the cardinal directions were already used by the Roman Empire. Two places using the names of the cardinal directions are Ostrogoths and Visigoths.

Although this has been done since Roman times, several European countries themselves do not fully use the names of cardinal directions as their place names. For example, Spain and France do not use cardinal directions as their place names.