Indeed, since the British monarchy dictated the agenda of this map, this map can be considered as a piece of political propaganda that strongly embodies British control over Bombay and the singularity of Bombay as an “island,” a jewel for the British. As stated in the article “The Lost Art of Critical Map Reading,” maps—frequently and often erroneously perceived as fact—not only inform and represent one version of reality, but they also biased entities, “in which every part of the composition is data” (5). Through analysis of the various components of this map, it can be argued that it represents singularly the agenda of the British, accomplishing the purpose of signaling the importance of British rule in shaping Bombay.
(1) Foster, Mike. The lost art of critical map reading. Graphicarto, 27 Feb. 2014. Web. 22 Nov. 2016.