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In 1638 the Dutch had a trade settlement at Vengurla, where they victualed their ships during their eight months' blockade of Goa. In166o, under the name of Mingrela, it is mentioned as a large town stretching half a league along the coast, with one of the best roadsin India.
In 1675 it was again burned by the Mughals. In 1696 the Khemsavant of Savantvadi overran the country, and, on pretence of visiting the Dutch chief, seized and plundered their factory. While held by the Khemsavant, Vengurla is said to have been attacked and plundered by Angria. A small British factory was established at Vengurla some time before 1772.
In 1812 the town was ceded to the British by the Ran! of Savantvadi. The taluka offices and the Subordinate judge's court are now located in the old Dutch factory.