Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a union territory in Western India. It is composed of two separate geographical entities - Dadra an enclave 1 km NW surrounded by Gujarat and Nagar Haveli wedged between Maharashtra and Gujarat. The capital city is Silvassa. The area of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is spread over 491 km2, landlocked between Gujarat to the north and Maharashtra to the south. It is composed of two separate geographical entities - Dadra an enclave 1 km NW surrounded by Gujarat and Nagar Haveli wedged between Maharashtra and Gujarat. The capital city is Silvassa. The profound history of Dadra and Nagar Haveli begins with the defeat of the Koli chieftains of the region by the invading Rajput kings. It was the Marathas that retrieved the region from the rule of the Rajputs in the mid 18th century. In 1779, the Maratha Peshwa formed an alliance with the Portuguese allowing them to collect revenue from the 79 villages of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The rule of the Portuguese in the region continued till the region gained independence on 2 August 1954 by popular uprising of its population that forced small Portuguese militia to leave. The region was merged with the Union of India in the year 1961 and became a territory of Republic of India.






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