Pune has a vast and diverse history. According to copper plates dated between 858 AD and 868 AD, the present-day city was an agricultural settlement called Punnaka. The region was ruled by the Rashtrakuta dynasty. From the 9th century to 1327, it was under the Seuna Yadavas of Devagiri. Before being annexed by the Mughals, it was ruled by the Ahmadnagar Sultanate. Under the Mughal empire, Maloji Raje Bhosale was selected as the Jagirdar of Pune in 1595, who was the grandfather of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire. From 1660 and 1705, Pune frequently changed hands between the Marathas and the Mughals. The city was destroyed in the raids by Adil Shahi dynasty in the 17th century. However, Dadoji Konddeo later oversaw the reconstruction of Pune. It served as a transit for many of Shivaji’s campaigns. Chhatrapati Shahu appointed Baji Rao I as the Peshwa, in 1720.\n\nMarathas in Pune were defeated by the British East India Company. Yashwantrao Holkar captured Pune during 1802, in the Battle of Pune. This led to the Second Anglo-Maratha War from 1803 to 1805. During the freedom struggle, Pune was home to prominent freedom fighters such as Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Mahatma Jyotirao Phule.
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