It is believed that Marco Polo was among the first from the West to set foot on one of the islands. Kanhoji Angre, a Maratha admiral had his base on the island in the early 18th century. From there, he attacked passing Portuguese, Dutch and English merchant vessels on their way to or from their various Asian colonies. In 1713, his navy even succeeded in capturing the yacht of the British Governor of Bombay. Despite many efforts by the British and later a joint military force of British and Portuguese naval forces, Kanhoji Angre was never defeated. He died in 1729. It is also believe that the Andaman island were known as “Handuman” from the Vedic Period and ware inhabited by the Aborgines of Great Andamanies who were known cannibals to the early travelers. IBased on the studies of tribal and fauna it is logical to presume a former land connection from Cape Negris at south part of Burma to Achin Head (Cape Pedro) in Sumatra.