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Hill Fort on the Island of Caranjah

Hill Fort on the Island of Caranjah

Artist: Forbes, James

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: 455.c.7

Item number: Plate 40

Length: 22.3

Width: 28.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate forty from the first volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs". From Salsette near Bombay, Forbes(1749-1819) sailed to Karanja and landed about two miles from the principal town, situated between two lofty mountains, on the west. He observed that it was: 'nothing more than a large Mahratta village, with low-straggling houses, near a tank covered with wild ducks and water-fowls, hitherto unmolested by Europeans. On its bank a small fort, a Portuguese church and a Hindoo temple embellished the view. It commands a western view of the town and harbour of Bombay, Salsette and all the adjacent islands, and to the east the mountains of the continent, and nearer plains of Caranjah; abounding in rice-fields, coco-nut, palmyra, mango and tamarind trees, filled with monkeys, parrots, owls, and singing-birds of various kinds'.

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