As this species has been obtained in Surat and the Punjab, it is believed to be the northern type.
On board the fleet which in 1626 conveyed Sir Dodmore Cotton, a British ambassador, with his staff, from Surat to Bandar `Abbas, there were more than 300 slaves bought of Persians in India, and the only remark which this circumstance suggested to Sir T.
In 1803 the Bombay presidency included only Salsette, the islands of the harbour (since 1774), Surat and Bankot (since 1756); but between this date and 1827 the framework of the presidency took its present shape.
Captain Hawkins landed at Surat and travelled overland to Agra, passing some time at the court of the Great Mogul.
His mother took him to Surat, where he was educated in a mission school, but he never succeeded in gaining an academical degree.