1. Early Settlers: The Kolis

The Koli fishing community were the earliest known people to settle in present-day Mumbai, although the discovery of Paleolithic tools suggest that the area was inhabited much before that.


A Koli fisherwoman and fisherman

2. 16th and 17th centuries: Portuguese to British

Bombay came under the rule of the Gujarat Sultanate in the 14th century. A Portuguese attempt to capture the city failed in 1507, but in 1534, they were able to seize the islands from Bahadur ...

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