From 1665 to 1666, the English managed to acquire Mahim, Sion, Dharavi, and Wadala.

They called the islands by various names, which finally took the written form Bombaim.

The islands were leased to several Portuguese officers during their regime.

Pleistocene sediments found along the coastal areas around Kandivali in northern Mumbai suggest that the islands were inhabited since the South Asian Stone Age.

Between the second century BCE and ninth century CE, the islands came under the control of successive indigenous dynasties: Satavahanas, Western Satraps, Abhira, Vakataka, Kalachuris, Konkan Mauryas, Chalukyas and Rashtrakutas, The Delhi Sultanate annexed the islands in 1347–48 and controlled it until 1407.

Mumbai's business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a higher standard of living, Other variations recorded in the 16th and the 17th centuries include: Mombayn (1525), Bombay (1538), Bombain (1552), Bombaym (1552), Monbaym (1554), Mombaim (1563), Mombaym (1644), Bambaye (1666), Bombaiim (1666), Bombeye (1676), Boon Bay (1690), The French traveller Louis Rousselet who visited in 18 tells us in his book L’Inde des Rajahs (Pub.

1877 in Paris): "Etymologists have wrongly derived this name from the Portuguese Bōa Bahia, or (French: "bonne bai", English: "good bay"), not knowing that the tutelar goddess of this island has been, from remote antiquity, Bomba, or Mamba Dévi, and that she still..., possesses a temple".

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During the early 20th century it became a strong base for the Indian independence movement.