Bombay Presidency was one of the 3 major Presidencies and provinces of British India, including Bengal Presidency and Madras Presidency. It was first founded in the 17th century at Surat as a trading post for the British East India Company. The Presidency included the territories of modern states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, regions of Konkan, Kandesh and Desh and northwestern Karnataka state. The former British province was under the direct rule of the British administration.
The Province of Bombay did not incorporate any of the Princely states of India as the internal administration of these native states was duty of the native princes. However, Bombay Presidency supervised the defence of several native states and also managed the relationship of the rulers of the princely states with the British authorities. George Cooke held the position till the year 1690. He succeeded by another British administrator named George Weldon.
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