Daman and Diu boast of a rich history that is believed to be 2000 years old. During the earlier times, Daman was a part of the region of Goa which was then inherited by the Chowda Rajputs from the 8th to the 13th century. Later on they were expelled by the Vaghlas who in turn ousted by the Muslims in 1330. In the 15th century, Portuguese conquered it from the hands of the Muslims and they ruled over it for 451 years. It had been a major outpost for them for the trading of opium to China and established themselves as a chief naval power of the entire region.
In 1670, the Arabs of Muscat attacked the coastal plains and with continuous efforts, on December 16, 1961, the region got liberation from the colonial rule and Daman, Diu and Goa became one political unit. In 1987, Daman and Diu got detached from Goa after it became a separate state of India. Since then, Daman and Diu has been referred as the union territory of India by the central government of Delhi.