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Map of Bombay and the district prepared for Peshwa by the Peshwa's agent in Bombay about 1770

1770

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

This 18th century map was prepared for the Peshwa Madhavrao, the Maratha ruler of the Deccan and a rival of the British in erstwhile Bombay.

The map is particularly interesting for its unique perspective. It was not meant to be an accurate survey of the region but rather a diagrammatic representation with symbols highlighting important information. This depiction of Mumbai (Bombay) and its harbour was probably made as part of a Maratha strategy to take control of the island.

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  • Title: Map of Bombay and the district prepared for Peshwa by the Peshwa's agent in Bombay about 1770
  • Date: 1770
  • Physical Dimensions: L 26.2 cm x H 36.4 cm
  • Material: Watercolour on paper
  • Gallery: Kamalnayan Bajaj Mumbai Gallery

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