Fort St George In British Era Madras, 1890 Photo
This is another rare 1890 photograph of Fort St George in British er Madras, now Chennai. See my other post- Antique Photo Madras Fort St George 1872 Very Rare. The view is from the seaside looking towards the fort with its flag mast.
The buildings on the sides are administrative or government buildings. Madras was born from this magnificent structure that was in a narrow strip of land near a desolate fishing village. It was the Portuguese colonialist who first started a settlement at San Thome.
The British followed them around 75 years later a few KMs away. The history of Madras was eventful there was jostling between the French, Dutch, Portuguese, and English. Many violent battles were fought for getting a foothold for the profitable trade.
Bit by bit the British took control over the land from the Portuguese, Dutch and French. Either by way of war or through treaties. In actuality, British colonialism of India initially took place in Chennai.
Read more- Fort St. George, India.
Did you know- the search for Pepper landed the Portuguese in Calicut in 1498. This was the first visit of a European country to India or to the East by the sea route. Opening the doors to exploration and later colonization by the Europeans of many countries in the east.