Note: Do not rely on this information. It is very old.
DamanDaman, a coast territory of Portuguese India in the province of Gujerat, and about 100 miles N. of Bombay. It contains 82 square miles, and has a population of 49,000. The country is fertile, and the teak forests produce abundance of timber well fitted for ship-building, and the climate is healthy, but in the wet season the country is inundated. It is watered by the Daman-Ganga, which rises in the Western Ghauts, and the port at the mouth of this river is rendered well-nigh inaccessible by a bar. Once the district had prosperous weaving and dyeing works, and did much trade in opium, but the introduction of Manchester goods has displaced the former of these industries, and the policy of the Government has destroyed the third. Now the principal pursuit is deep-sea fishing.