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Bombay The European City Of India – Old Print 1910
This is an old 1910 print of Bombay the once European city of India of the 1900s. In 1661 Bombay or Mumbai was obtained from the Portuguese by the English Crown. As part of the dowry of Catherine of Braganza, the bride of King Charles II. This was at the special instance of the East India Company, who saw in it the ideal “Gateway of India.”
Bombay since then has come a long way from the raw form it was in, that it was a cluster of seven islands. And through sheer ingenuity, the islands were grouped into a single landmass by reclamation. The reclamation ended around the 1840s and Mumbai set to grow from there. At one time in the British era, it grew to one of the finest cities in the world.
With great blocks of imposing public and mercantile building such as the Ballard Estate. Wide thoroughfares- Esplanade road. Smart shops- Crawford Market. Palatial hotels like- Watson’s and Taj Mahal Palace. Splendid promenade by the sea- Marine Drive. The Fort area was the chief commercial center. Bombay’s wealthy stayed in the Malabar Hills and Cumballa area. The print shows the Fort area of Bombay that looked like a part of a European city. You can see the tower of St Thomas Cathedral and the Harbour in the background.
Did you know- according to an 1877 book on Bombay it had a population from almost all parts of the world. The census indicated there were Persians, Europeans, Chinese, Afghanistans, Javanese, Siamese, Turks. Besides the Hindus, Parasees, Jews, Muslims, etc.
From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#13)., Britishers On Elephant Back India – Old Photo 1890., Vintage Book 1881 – Everyday Life In India., Apollo Bunder Promenade – Old Postcard 1910