• But, let’s start from the beginning. For centuries, a succession of kings conquered and ruled the seven islands off India’s western coast with various degrees of success. In 1348, they would become part of the Kingdom of Gujarat, which would hold onto them until the 16th century, when they were given to the Portuguese in a peace treaty. The new European owners, sea-faring folks who knew a good port when they saw one, would name the islands “Bom Bahía” or “Good Bay.”

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