Cotton Bales At Bombay Terminus – Old Print 1862

Old 1862 print showing cotton bales at Bombay Terminus. A clipping from The Illustrated London News, of August 23, 1862. The caption reads- Cotton Bales Lying At The Bombay Terminus Of The Great Indian Peninsula Railway Ready For Shipment To England. It referred to the Bori Bunder station. It is from here that the first railway train ran between Bombay to Thana in 1853.

Read more- Bori Bunder railway station.

Four years later in 1887, the Victoria Terminus Station (VT) would replace the Bori Bunder station. After the American civil war broke out, the confederate states refused to supply cotton on which the mills in England depended upon. Shaken by the developments and clueless about finding alternative sources. The British then turned to the Indian farmers and promoted the cultivation of crops in the deep interiors of India.

This led to a great boom in cotton export after a period of time. The cultivated crop was directly transported to Mumbai from there it would be shipped to England. Many merchants made their fortune in this lucrative trade. Some of them were the Jeejeebhoy’s, the Cama’s, the Sassoon’s, Kursandas Mulji, Premchand Roychand, and so on. The boom also resulted in many textile mills springing up in the city. Click on the photo for better view.

See my post- Kohinoor Mills In Bombay – Old Photo 1918

Did you know- David Sassoon, a Persian Jew of Mumbai, and Parsi merchants also cashed in on the Sino-Indian opium boom in the 19th century creating great wealth for themselves. Opium was a legal commodity in China at the time. 

From the collection-  Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph of c1894., c1907 Taj Mahal Palace Hotel Mumbai Old Advertisement.,  1800s Hand Colored Print of Jama Masjid & Outskirts Delhi.

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