Maritime trade started way back in 1639 on the sea shore of Chennai. It was an open roadstead and exposed sandy coast till 1815. The region surrounding the present-day port remained an important centre for military, administrative, and economic activities since the 1st century AD under various South Indian dynasties, evidence to the history of international trade in Chennai.
It is due of the existence of the port that the city of Chennai eventually became known as the Gateway of South India.
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