Bombay: Consultations: 7 Dec 1674 to 6 Sep 1675, 1 Oct 1675 to 7 Jan 1677, 2 Jun to 27 Oct 1677; 10 Jan to 2 Nov 1678, 3 Jan to 28 Oct 1679, 8 Jan to 3 Dec 1680, 27 Jan to 22 Nov 1681 : Consultations 1674/12/07-1681/10/17.
- Marlborough, Wiltshire : Adam Matthew Digital, 2018.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource
- Additional Creators:
- Adam Matthew Digital (Firm)
- Description: IOR/G/3: Factory Records: Bombay, 1669-1710. Consultations, 1670-1704; copies of letters despatched, 1674-1710; copies of letters received, 1670-1704. 31 volumes.Origin: The Company's ships appear to have visited Bombay for the first time in or around 1626. By the 1650s factors at Surat had noted the advantages of Bombay's location. With a fine harbour and situated further down the coast than Surat, Bombay was an excellent point from which to organise trading activity up and down the west coast of India. The Company tried unsuccessfully to seize the town from the Portuguese but in 1661, as part of the dowry of Catherine of Braganza on her marriage to Charles II, the island of Bombay was ceded to the English. In 1668 the King granted it to the Company and in 1687 Bombay replaced Surat as the headquarters of trade in western India and places westward. Bombay therefore assumed a supervisory role over the factories around the Persian Gulf and on the Red Sea coast, although, as the port was less easy to reach from the Gulf than Surat had been, the Persian factories from that date acquired more autonomy.Over the eighteenth century, trade on the west coast of India began to decline. Bombay remained a centre of trade, but in relation to Bengal and Madras its importance decreased. In 1773 the Government of Bombay was placed under the overall control of the Government of Bengal.Related Resources: The sub-series of consultations continues in the Bombay General Proceedings series. See also Miscellaneous Factory Records (IOR/G/40/4-5).
- IOR/G: East India Company Factory Records (1608-1858). A 'factory' was a trading post where a number of merchants, or factors, resided. When company ships arrived at the factories, ships' merchants were thus enabled to exchange goods for trading immediately instead of having to wait to make deals with local merchants. Factories were run by a chief factor and a council of factors. The 'Factory Records' is an artificially-created sub-fonds; the records of individual Company factories consist mainly of consultations (records of administrative decisions and of correspondence), diaries (records of daily activities), letters received, copies of letters sent and collections of papers on particular subjects.
AMDigital Reference: IOR/G/3/2.
- Original Version:
- Reproduction of: Bombay: Consultations: 7 Dec 1674 to 6 Sep 1675, 1 Oct 1675 to 7 Jan 1677, 2 Jun to 27 Oct 1677; 10 Jan to 2 Nov 1678, 3 Jan to 28 Oct 1679, 8 Jan to 3 Dec 1680, 27 Jan to 22 Nov 1681 7 Dec 1674 - 17 Oct 1681.
- Location of Originals:
- The British Library
- Copyright Note:
- The British Library Board
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