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History of Alibag

History of Alibag city dates back to the 17th century. Towards the end of the 17th century, Sarkhal Kanhojio Aangre, the naval chief of King Shivaji's regime planned and created the city of Alibag. At that time, most of the land area of Alibag was under the sea. Coconut and betel-nut orchards were on the shores.

Earlier, Alibag was known as ‘Kolaba’, attributed to the Kolaba Fort which was built by Shivaji the great, in 1680. Legend has it that a wealthy Muslim named Ali owned many plantations and it is from him that the town derived its name Alibag.

In the year 1852, Alibag was made the district headquarters.

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