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Mumbai is often referred to as the city of dreams. This rightly said, as millions have made their way to this city to make their dreams come true.
Originally, made up of seven islands, Mumbai’s rise into a megacity is a story that traces back to medieval times. From its medieval origins to the colonial era and finally the Samyukta Maharashtra movement, Mumbai’s past is dotted with many critical events that shaped the journey of this city and the country.
While there have been quite a few books, movies and series that have depicted the history of this metropolis (ZEE5’s Hutatma is the latest in the list of adaptations), many are still unaware of how seven islands off the coast of Maharashtra became Mumbai city. Hence, in this article, we shall trace back the historic events that shaped up the city.
The Early Days and Arrival of Mauryas
Now, if we really were to trace the origins of Mumbai, human presence has been there on the islands since the Stone Age. Due to its strategic position as coastal region with natural harbours, Mumbai developed strong trade ties with merchants from Egypt and Persia, in particular. But then, the islands came under the Mauryan Empire and further came into prominence. On conquering the region, the Mauryas made the islands a centre for Buddhist culture with many temples created in the 3rd century B.C. Continue reading “Historic events that shaped up Mumbai city”→