Volume No. 6 Issue No.: 3A Page No.: 931-937 Jan-Mar 12

 

SHIP BUILDING IN BOMBAY : DEFORESTATION OF WESTERN INDIA, EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY

 

Louiza Rodrigues

Department of History, Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai (INDIA)

 

Received on : November 25, 2011

 

ABSTRACT

 

The paper endeavours to make a critical analysis of forest policy of the British Government in the early nineteenth century Western India. The paper is divided into two sections. The first section focuses on ship building, especially warships at the Bombay Dockyard by the British Government for their Royal Navy in the early nineteenth century. It marked the beginning of the first phase of deforestation of Western India. In the second section, the paper describes the second phase of devastation of the forests of western India as a result of the end of the monopoly of timber trade in 1823. The study argues that ship building in Bombay and the end of monopoly of timber trade had catastrophic effect on the forests of Western India.

 

Keywords : Forest, Ship building, Deforestation, Timber, Conserve, Monopoly

 

 

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