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Sidi Yaqub, also known as Yaqub Khan, was a Mughal Admiral and coastal chieftain from Murud Janjira. Born into a Koli family, he had converted to Islam during his childhood after being taken to jail and then growing in a Siddi Muslim family. There he got his new name as Qasim Khan and after becoming admiral of Mughal navy, he was titled of Yakut Khan.[1][2] he fought the British East India Company during the Child's War. and later when the Ganj-i-Sawai and other Mughal vessels, were captured by the pirates: Henry Every and the fallen Thomas Tew.[3][full citation needed]

In 1689 the strong Mughal fleet from Janjira commanded by the Sidi Yaqub and manned by Mappila and Abyssinians firmly blockaded Bombay.[4] After a year of resistance, the English surrendered, and in 1690 the company sent envoys to Aurangzeb's camp to plead for a pardon.


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  3. ^ Europe, 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World
  4. ^ Faruki, Z. (1935). Aurangzeb & his times. Idarah-i Adabiyāt-i Delli.