Bombay Presidency was first founded in the 17th century at Surat as a trading post for the British East India Company. It was one of the 3 major Presidencies and provinces of British India, including Bengal Presidency and Madras Presidency. The Presidency included the territories of present states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, regions of Konkan, Kandesh and Desh and northwestern Karnataka state. The erstwhile British province was under the direct rule of the British Empire.
The Province of Bombay did not incorporate any of the former Princely states of India as the internal administration of these native states was the responsibility of the native rulers. Still, Bombay Presidency supervised the defensive structure of several native states and also managed the relationship of the rulers of the princely states with the British administration. Sir William Wake held the position till 17 November 1750. He was succeeded by Sir Richard Bourchier, who was also another well known British administrator and held office from 1750 to 1760.
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