The Deccan States Agency was a unit of British India exercising suzerainty over a number of princely states. The agency was created in the 1930s, and was composed of a number of princely states in western India, located in the present-day Indian states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. The Deccan States Agency was combined with the residency of Kolhapur, and was also called the Deccan States Agency and Kolhapur Residency. Before the creation of the Deccan States Agency, the states were under the suzerainty, but not the control, of the British province of Bombay Presidency. After Indian Independence in 1947, the states all acceded to the Dominion of India, and were integrated into the Indian state of Bombay. In 1956 the southern portion of Bombay state was transferred to Mysore State (later renamed Karnataka), while the rest of Bombay State was divided into the new states of Maharashtra and Gujarat in 1960.