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"For hundreds of years its very name was (simple past) a synonym for the most remote place on earth, but today Timbuktu faces a new kind of extremity."
I'm not sure if the expression "for hundreds of years" implies the use of the present perfect or not.
Re: Verbal tenses
Not necesserily. In your sentence past simple is correct. Otherwise Timbuktu would still be the most remote place on earth.
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