British Era Bombay Presidency Map, 1900

This is a 1900 map of the British-era Bombay Presidency. It is ironic that the British who came to India for trade stayed back to rule the country for 300-plus years. Starting with the East India Company opening a settlement at Surat in 1608. By 1611 they opened a settlement in Machilipatnam. Then at Madras (Chennai) in 1639. Expanding to Calcutta (Kolkata) in 1651.

All these settlements naturally had their factories and warehouses also. In between these endeavors, the East India Company gets control of the seven islands of Bombay in 1661. King Charles II of England acquired Bombay (Mumbai) in 1661 as a royal dowry.  By way of his marrying the Portuguese Princess Catherine of Braganza.

The King leased the seven islands to the East India Company. The company then shifts its Western India headquarters from Surat to Bombay Harbour in 1687 (after it was ransacked by the Marathas). The Bombay Province had its beginning from here. The reclamation of the seven islands took shape by unifying them into one, the reclamation steadily progressed for more than a century.

Bombay Province extended outwardly after the Treaty Of Bassein in 1802. The East India Company annexed the Maratha Territories in Western India in 1818. The company also acquired some regions under its direct control. The Province then comprised as in the present-day- Gujarat, and many regions of Maharastra, including Konkan, and parts of Northern Karnataka. The other regions under its control were Pakistan’s Sindh Province (1847-1935) and Aden in Yemen (1839-1932). Many of them are shown in this map of British era Bombay Presidency. Click on the photo for better view.

See post Aden, Bombay, Madras & Calcutta – Vintage Map 1910.

Did you know- that there were also the Bengal and Madras Presidencies.  

From the collection- Vintage Raja Ravi Varma “Laxmi” Oleograph., Domestic Life In British India, Photo 1890., Old Courthouse Street Calcutta – Two Old Postcards 1905., Making Of The Mullaperiyar Dam – Old Print 1895

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, stock photos, or taken from other sources.