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The fort was stormed by the British in 1839 because of the strategic location of Karachi. Although the it is now buried beneath the naval base there, the lighthouse is a visible reminder of the British presence, having been built in 1889 to assist vessels approaching Karachi harbour.
The history of modern-day Karachi begins with this fort. On 1 February 1839 a British ship, the Wellesley, anchored off the island of Manora. By 3 February, the fort at Kolachi had surrendered without firing a single shot and this small fishing village reached a turning point in its history.
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