Karachi In The Past. Today, Karachi is the largest city of sindh and even of pakistan. More than 20 million(20,000,000) people live here. It is a big and busy city. Do you know that karachi was not always so big and busy? Let’s read the story of karachi and find out how karachi has changed over the years.
Three hundred years ago, karachi was a small village surrounded by trees and mangrove forests. Most of the people in the village were poor fisher-folk.
From a small fishing village to a trending post (1700-1730)
One day, people from another village that lay by the sea, came to live in karachi. They were traders. They used to buy and sell goods to other countries. The small fishing village now became larger and the people richer. To protect themselves they built a high wall around the village with two gates called the khara darwaza (salty gate) and the mitha darwaza (sweet gate).
The Kalhoras and Talpurs 1730-1843
Some years later, Sindh was taken over by a tribe called the kalhoras. Another tribe the Talpur started fighting with the kalhoras because they wanted to rule Sindh. The kalhoras asked the ruler of Kalat to help them fight the tumors. With his help, they won. To thank him for his help, they gave him Karachi as a present.
After some time, the tumors became the rulers of Sindh. They wanted Karachi so they decided to capture it b surrounding it. After a long time, they captured it. They built a fort at Manora and put canons on it to protect Karachi.
The British 1839-1947
After the Talpurs had ruled Karachi for some time, the British came to trade. At first, the Talpurs allowed them to trade. After a little while, the Talpurs told the British to stop trading and leave Karachi. In 1843, the British conquered Sindh and eventually the British took over Karachi in 1839.
British soldiers came to live in Karachi. To meet their needs they built schools, churches, and markets. They also built roads and railway lines. In 1924, they built the first airport of British India in Karachi.