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History of Ahmedabad
The historic city of Ahmedabad is amongst the major metropolitan cities in India. With the increasing opportunities for trade and commerce and as a centre for higher education, the population of the city is already touching 6 million and this heavy growth continues.
The city, known as Ashapalli or Ashaval in ancient times, was founded by King Karnadeva Vaghela as Karnavati in 11th Century as capital of his kingdom. Later on Sultan Ahmed Shah of Gujarat Sultanate shifted his capital from Patan to Karnavati and renamed it as Ahmedabad in 1411 AD. A number of monuments built during his era are spread over the old city area. The walled city was also built during this era and its 12 gates are still existing though most of the wall can’t be seen anymore. The city thrived as the capital of strong kingdom but later became part of the Moghul Sultanate in 1573.
Shahjahan spent the prime of his life in this city and developed the present Shahi Baug area. The city was invaded by the Marathas in the year 1707 and ruled by them from 1753 AD to 1817 AD, when the city was taken over by the British.
During the British period the city became “Manchester of India” due to large scale manufacturing of textile. The first textile mill was set up in 1854 and more such mills followed soon after with rapid industrialization. However, the textile industry in the city is no more a force to reckon with, yet it is fifth largest producer of denim cloth in the world. The eastern part of the walled city is mostly inhabited by the families of mill mazdoors, who have been forced to find alternative jobs due to closure of most of the textile mills. However, many chemical and pharmaceutical industries have come up around the city. Trade is still flourishing in the city as textile weaving, tie-and-dye work, zari work and intricate silk embroidery produced by this city has been famous for centuries.