Here it is - Bombay was the name of Mumbai before it was Mumbai. Easy...well not really, there is a great deal of history that follows this. Bombay is made up of 7 islands, these islands were inhabited in the very early times, but they are not sure when exactly. Later in time the Mughal Empire took over Bombay, and then the Portuguese obtained the land through the Treaty of Bassein. The Portuguese helped in the growth of the Roman Catholic Churches, which later spread Catholicism through India. After a marriage between Charles the II of England and King John IV of Portugal, the territory was taken over by the British. The British held onto the 7 islands, and Bombay was turned into a large industrial area. During the British control, India slowly started to pursue independence, and during 1947 India was given its independence. Moving forward to 1960, the state of Bombay was broken into two states. The decision was based on the language spoken - Gujarati (Gujarat State) and Marathi (Maharashtra State, capital Bombay). The city was renamed Mumbai in 1996, and was renamed after the Koli (early inhabitants of the 7 islands, they were a fishing community) goddess Mumbadevi.