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 signing of the 1852 treaty ushered in the Consular Period in Lagos' history wherein Britain provided military protection to Lagos.Following threats from Kosoko and the French who were positioned at Wydah, a decision was made by Lord Palmerston (British Prime Minister) who noted in 1861, "the expediency of losing no time in assuming the formal Protectorate of Lagos".Following its early settlement by the Awori nobility, and its conquest by the Bini warlords of Benin, the state first came to the attention of the Portuguese in the 15th century.Portuguese explorer Rui de Sequeira visited the area in 1472, naming the area around the city Lago de Curamo.The present-day Lagos state has a high percentage of Awori, who migrated to the area from Isheri along the Ogun river.
Throughout history, it was home to a number of warring ethnic groups who had settled in the area.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.Its high rate of subscribers engaging in romantic relationships and meeting live partners makes it a one-stop dating site.Naijaplanet is Naija's dating site of choice due to her perfect combination of adventure & fun while giving you the romantic experience.Another explanation is that Lagos was named for Lagos, Portugal—a maritime town that, at the time, was the main centre of Portuguese expeditions down the African coast.