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Viziadrug, Vijayadurg Or Gheria

VIZIADRUG, VIJAYADURG OR GHERIA, a port on the W. coast of India in Ratnagiri district, Bombay, 170 m. S. of Bombay city. Pop. (1901) 2339. It is one of the best harbours on the west coast, being without any bar, and may be entered in all weathers; even to large ships it affords safe shelter during the south-west monsoon. At the beginning of the 18th century the pirate chief Angria made Viziadrug the capital of a territory stretching for 150 m. along the coast and from 30 to 60 m. inland. The fort was taken by Admiral Watson and Colonel Clive in 1756.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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