Silvassa

Published: 23.05.2015

Silvassa, Gujarat, India

Silvassa

is the capital of the Indian Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

uring the Portuguese rule, Silvassa was also known as Vila de Paço d'Arcos, the same name of a town near Lisbon (Paço de Arcos, Oeiras).

The city has a large number of factories and industries providing significant government revenue, which allows the city to maintain a low level of taxation.

Until the end of the 19th century, Silvassa was only a small village. The growing importance of Silvassa started in 1885, when the Portuguese Administration decided to transfer there the seat of Nagar Haveli, which until then was in Darará. By decree of 11 February 1885, Silvassa was created as a town, with the name of Vila de Paço d'Arcos. However, the original name prevailed and the town continued to be mainly known as Silvassa and referred like that even in official documents.

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