French India


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French India,

former overseas territory of France in India, composed of the coastal enclaves of Pondichéry (now Puducherry), Karikal (now Karaikal), Yanaon (now Yanam), and Mahé (now Mahe) in the south and the inland trade settlement of Chandannagar near Kolkata (Calcutta). They were administered from the capital at Pondichéry. For the later history of the territory, see PuducherryPuducherry
, formerly Pondicherry
or Pondichéry
, union territory (2001 provisional pop. 973,829), 183 sq mi (474 sq km), India. It comprises the noncontiguous enclaves of former French India: Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry or Pondichéry) and
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French India

a former French overseas territory in India, including Chandernagore and Pondicherry: restored to India between 1949 and 1954
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Marsh argues that the loss of a physical French India was offset by the creation of a hypothetical one, one that served two important functions.
Marsh, following a brief introduction and a too-short first chapter (only ten pages) that provides a general chronological narrative of French India, sets to prove her hypotheses in the next five chapters, each centred on a particular theme.
As she correctly points out, very few works besides D'Souza's exist on French India, let alone 1763, outside of niche micro-histories.
But the corruption and decadence of France under Louis XV prematurely ended the promise of a French India. (10)
La Bourdonnais, Dupleix's associate and rival in French India, followed a different path to success and notoriety.
As Phillipe Haudrere demonstrates, the French India Company exported twenty to thirty tons of silver annually to the east, but had major difficulties in a trade that never became a national priority.
They were made for the French India Company in 1732 and used during the Battle of Quebec.