Kurrachee in 1851

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Water-color of Karachi (Sind) by Henry Francis Ainslie (c.1805-1879),
April 1851. Inscribed on the front of the mount in red ink is ‘Sindh, part of the native town of Kurrachee, 1851.’

Originally Karachi was a small village made up of a cluster of fishermen’s huts on the three islands of Manora, Bhit and Baba. Due to it’s location at the western end of the Indus delta the town has traditionally served as an important gateway for trade into central Asia. With the development of its harbor it gradually grew into a large city and an important centre of trade and industry.

What I felt amazing about this picture was the peace and silence, which is seldom witnessed in the city now. With time this city grew into a large metropolitan city that we dwell in today.


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