Entrance To Nizam’s Hyderabad, 1880 Photo
This is an old 1880 photo of the entrance to Nizam’s Hyderabad. Hyderabad was the first regional kingdom to break away from the Mughal Empire in the 1720s. It was one of the wealthiest princely states under the British Raj. Subsequently, the Nizams became famous for their unprecedented wealth and jewellery. In 1798 the Nizam had signed a subsidiary alliance with the East India Company.
To protect Hyderabad and their vast dominion. The British developed Secunderabad into a large military cantonment by the early 1900s. About 5 km from Secunderabad was Trimulgherry, a strong British entrenched camp. Built to serve as a refuge for all the Europeans of the district in the event of any adverse developments. Keeping in mind the violent uprising of 1857 the British kept more to themselves than mingling with the Indians.
The Nizam State Railway was one of the best in undivided India at the time. The Nizam’s State Railway provided the connecting link to the Deccan region from Wadi Junction. A Major station on the Bombay to Madras line of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway. After the introduction of railways in 1880s, many new factories came up in Hyderabad. By 1890 even the independent big princely kingdom of Travancore came under the control of the East India Company. The Europeans would travel freely in the entire south Indian region.
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