It sustained several sieges during the 18th century, and passed alternately into the hands of the Bhopal and Nagpur rulers.
In 1804, when the war closed, he was appointed British resident at Nagpur.
The citizens of Nagpur as a mark of deep gratitude and respect presented to him an address in a silver casket.
About this time the Bishop of Nagpur was on his second visit from India.
He founded the city of Nagpur, which his successor made his capital.
The district is traversed by the main road from Nagpur to the east, and also by the Bengal-Nagpur railway.
Since the opening of the railway, trade has largely been diverted to Nagpur, and the garrison has recently been reduced.
In the Deccan, half-way between Bombay and Nagpur, there is a very remarkable salt lake.
The Bhonsla raja of Nagpur died without lineal heirs in 1853, and his territory was likewise annexed.
It is considered very healthy, and forms a resort for European visitors from Nagpur and Kampti during the hot weather.