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The Dutch Capture of Cochin – Antique Plan 1702
Antique 1702 plan of the capture of Cochin (now Kochi) by the Dutch. The copper-engraved image is hand-colored on handmade paper. Shown is an armada of Dutch ships bombarding Fort Cochin that was under Portuguese rule. They successfully took control of Fort Kochi (including the fort and city).
The Portuguese were the first Europeans to arrive in India by sea, landing at Calicut, now Kozhikode in 1498. After the initial warmth, the Zamorin King was not too receptive, they then aligned with the King of Cochin. Their sole purpose was to source Pepper, indigenous to the Malabar region (Kerala) at that time.
They built Fort Emmanuel which would be the first European Fortification in India. The Portuguese also built the first European Church in Indian, St Francis Church. Vasco Da Gama was first buried in this Church later his remains were relocated to Lisbon, Portugal.
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Did you know- the Dutch Palace was not built by them but by the Portuguese for the King of Kochi. They had only renovated it as a special gesture to the King after seizing power from the Portugal rulers.
From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma Painting – 2 Old Postcards 1976., Page From Rare 1713 Latin Book on Calicut., Vintage Book 1881 – Everyday Life In India., Taj Mahal Hotel Bombay -1907 Rare Advertisement