View of Bombay Showing The Fort, 1850 Print

An 1850 beautiful steel engraving of View of Bombay Showing The Fort. Published by “The London Printing And Publishing Company Limited.” The view is when looking from Mazagaon Hill towards the Fort and the island of Bombay. Most likely before the seven islands of Bombay were united by reclamation. The Fort was standing on one of the main islands which itself was called Bombay. The Fort was demolitioned in 1862 on the orders of then British Governor Bartle Frere.

See post View of Bombay & Harbour, 1840 Print.

Extract from this post “A person not well versed with Mumbai would wonder why one of the areas is named Fort. When there’s no sign of it or its ramparts anywhere nearby. But there indeed was a large fort that was demolished in 1862 to make way for more space. Although the name stuck to this day. The fort was built by the British East India Company after taking possession of the seven islands from the Portuguese in 1668. It had three entrances- Apollo Gate (next to Lion Gate), Church Gate (where Flora Fountain stands today)…”

Also read Story of cities #11: the reclamation of Mumbai – from the sea, and its people.

Did you know- Bombay is thought to be derived from the Portuguese word “Bom Bahia”, which translates to “beautiful bay”. 

From the collection- Antique Steel Engraved Print View Of Mumbai.,  Vintage Photo Maharaja of Bikaner with Lord Mountbatten.,   Antique Print-Plan Of Fort Cochin And City c1761.,  Vintage Postcard Of Balamani Raja Ravi Varma