Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Da·dra and Na·gar Ha·ve·li

geographical name \də-ˈdrä…ˌnə-gər-ə-ˈve-lē\


union territory India bordering on Gujarat and Maharashtra Silvassa area 189 square miles (491 square kilometers), pop 220,451

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

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Union territory (pop., 2008 est.: 262,000), western India. Located between Gujarat and Maharashtra states and consisting of the entities of Dadra and Nagar Havali, it has a total area of 190 sq mi (491 sq km); its capital is Silvassa. Forests cover part of the area; most of the rest is devoted to cultivation and grazing. Industrial development is limited. It came under Portuguese control in 1783–85. In 1954 indigenous freedom movements forced the Portuguese out, and it became a union territory of India in 1961. The population is predominantly Hindu.


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