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View Of Mumbai From Malabar Hill – Old Print 1853
This is an old engraved print of the General view of Bombay’s or Mumbai’s Malabar Hill. It is a 15½ x 8½ inch page from the famous The Illustrated London News of 1853. South Mumbai is a pincer-shaped landmass. With Malabar Hill on the northern tip and Colaba on the southern tip and a ‘C’ shaped Back Bay in between. See my post- Vintage 1924 Map Of Bombay City.
King Charles II of England married Catherine of Braganza of Portugal in 1661. The Portuguese Royalty gifted King Charles a huge dowry out of which the seven Islands of Bombay were a part of the dowry. A few years later the seven islands were rented to the East India Company by King Charles. The East India Company saw huge potential since it had a perfect setting for a deep water harbour.
From 1708 the first major reclamation of the seven islands of Mumbai took place. The islands were reclaimed into a single landmass that took 2½ centuries to complete. The East India Company encouraged many communities to migrate and settle down in Bombay. Out of which the Parsis migrated from Surat. Gradually, by the passing of years, Malabar Hill became a fashionable and exclusive area.
That was once forested with tigers, jackals, and other wildlife animals. Read more- Malabar Hill: How a jungle turned into a posh address.
Did you know- Malabar Hill got its name from the pirates who would come from the Malabar Coast of Kerala taking shelter in this region.
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