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Mumbai’s (formerly Bombay) original inhabitants, the Kolis, gave the city its Indian name, Mumbai, after their goddess, Mother Mumba. The early Hindu rulers were conquered by the Sultans of Gujarat and were later superseded by the Portuguese; the British who followed received these seven islands as a dowry when Charles II married Catherine of Braganze. The British Crown in turn leased them to the English East India Company for 10 pounds in gold. A far-sighted President of the company, and the real founder of modern Bombay, was Gerald Aungier; he invited Hindu and Parsi merchants from Gujarat to come to Bombay and develop it. Today the cosmopolitan population of the city consists of people from all over the country, and it is the center of industry, commerce and foreign trade - a city of skyscrapers and huts, a city of milling crowds and vitality.

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Mumbai International Airport, Navpada, Vile Parle East, Vile Parle, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400099, India

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