The history of Thane can be traced down to the Middle Ages, the towering Thane Fort bearing evidence to this fact. In addition to this, a number of copper plates and slabs dating back to the period have also been found at the place. One of these slabs, unearthed from the ruins of the fort, belongs to 1078 AD. It is supposedly a land grant from Arikesara Devaraja who was the king of Tagara. What is more engaging is that this slab carries information of inhabitants of a city named Sri Sthanaka.\n\nHowever, according to Friar Jodarnus who visited Thane between 1321 and 1324 AD, the city used to be governed by a Muslim administrator. He made an elaborate outline of Nestorian Christians, citing the martyrdom of four Christian friars in the region, almost 200 years prior to the arrival of the Portuguese. Even the renowned Ibn Batuta and Abul Feda have been voyagers of this place who gave it the name ‘Kukin Tana’.\n\nThe city holds the fame of being a busy port that transported a cloth called ‘Tanasi’ to the Gulfs. Duarte Barbose, a well-known traveller, used the term Tana Mayambul to describe Thane. Later in 1774, the city was taken over by the British who captured Salsette Island, Thana Fort, Fort Versova and ultimately the island fort of Karanja.
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