Fort St George & Madras Town – Antique Hand Colored Map

This is a hand-colored antique map of Fort St George & Madras town of 1746. It measures 39 x 26cm. Madras, now Chennai got its name from Madraspatnam, a tiny fishing village in the southern part of India where the British settlement first started. Just off 5 km to the south was the Portuguese settlement of San Thome.

Because of fierce trade and military rivalries from the Portuguese, French, and Dutch, the English built a fortification in 1653. And named it Fort St George. In 1746 the French attacked and seized the Fort and captured the city. After a treaty held in Europe in 1749, the Fort and the city were returned back to the British. The French attempted to repeat the feat in 1759 but were badly repulsed by the well-armed Britishers this time. The Portuguese settlement had hit hard times and was brought under British control in around 1749.

Read more about Fort St. George. See my post- Antique Map San Thome Fort Madras

Did you know- from a tiny fishing village in 1639 Chennai, today is a bustling metropolis. 

More from the collection- 1971 Raja Ravi Varma Commemorative First Day Cover., German Map Bombay With Waffen SS Stamp & Seal., Royal Visit To Bombay or Mumbai – Old Print 1883., Old Photo – Statue of Lord Canning First Viceroy of India 1870., Victoria Carriage In Bombay – Old Postcard 1940

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