The Backwaters of Cochin, 1920 Postcard

backwaters of cochin

This is an old 1920 postcard of the Backwaters of Cochin, now Kochi. Cochin has a past with a rich history. Shown are some fishing boats lying out of the water. Also visible is a fisherman plying his boat.

Also known as Fort Cochin, this is because it had a fort built by the Portuguese which was the first European fort in India. The Dutch defeated the Portuguese and took control reducing the fortress to half its size.

A century later the British this time would defeat the Dutch and took control of Cochin. They razed to the ground whatever was left of the Portuguese Fort. Today there are no signs of the fortification but the name Fort Cochin still stands.

The Chinese Fishing Nets prolific in this area are a big draw today for tourists. It was first introduced by the Chinese maritime traders around the 13th century. Kochi like Kerala is blessed with numerous backwaters. The backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes, and streams. It cuts across the whole length of the state.

See post Kerala Backwaters & Cargo Boats – Old Print 1922.

Did you know- built in 1568 Kochi has a Jewish Synagogue near to the Dutch Palace at Mattancherry. 

From the collection- Vintage Raja Ravi Varma “Laxmi” Oleograph., Policeman of British India Bombay – Old Postcard 1900., Giant British Era Canon – Old Photo 1880

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