From Poppy Fields of Bihar To Bombay

Cows are a scarce commodity on the Island, as in truth is every thing else of provision, we being beholden to our neighbours the Portuguese for almost every thing that we eat; otherwise we might starve, were we only to subsist on the production of the Island.” - John Burnell, writing about Bombay during the first decade of the 18th century.

Was it inevitable for Bombay to become the commercial...

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