Seven Islands of Bombay

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The seven islands of Bombay were sixteenth century Portuguese territories lying off the west coast of India, that were handed over to England under this title as part of the dowry of Catherine of Braganza, married to Charles II in 1661.

The isles had earlier been part of indigenous empires like the Silhara dynasty and the Sultan of Gujarat before they were captured by the Portuguese in 1534. After acquiring them as dowry, Charles II rented the islands to the East India Company in 1668 for 10 pounds of gold a year. By 1845, the islands had been merged[1] into one landmass by means of multiple land reclamation projects. The resulting island of Bombay was later merged with the nearby islands of Trombay and Salsette that lay to its North-east and North respectively to form Greater Bombay.

The original islands handed over to England were as follows


Evolution of the seven islands of Bombay
The original seven islands 
Map of Bombay in 1893. 


There also are several smaller islands that lay to the East of the main seven islands:

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  1. ^ "Bombay: History of a City". The British Library. Retrieved 20 October 2014.