[Photo: Gateway of India, Mumbai]
The History of Mumbai recounts the growth of a collection of Mumbai from seven islands on the western coast of India becoming the commercial capital of the nation and one of the most populous cities in the world. Although human habitation existed during the Stone Age, the Kolis were the earliest settlers of the islands. The Maurya Empire gained control of the islands during the third century BCE, and transformed it into a centre for Hindu and Buddhist culture and religion. The Satavahanas, Abhiras, Vakatakas, Kalachuris, Chalukyas and Rashtrakutas ruled the islands later, before it fell to the Silhara dynasty from 810 to 1260.
King Bhimdev founded his kingdom in the region in the late 13th century, and brought many settlers to the islands. The Muzaff...more >>