The Dutch Capture of Cochin From Portuguese, 1702 Plan
An antique 1702 plan of the Dutch capturing Cochin (now Kochi) from the Portuguese. The copper-engraved image is hand-colored on handmade paper. It shows a fleet of Dutch Naval Ships attacking Fort Cochin, which was then under the Portuguese. They successfully took control of Fort Kochi (including the fort and the city) after the attack.
The Portuguese were the first of the Europeans to arrive in India by the maritime route. Landing at Calicut, now Kozhikode in 1498. After the initial warmth, the Zamorin King was not too receptive to the visitors. The Portuguese later aligned with the King of Cochin. Their chief purpose was to source Pepper, which was indigenous to the Malabar region (Kerala) at the time.
The Europeans built Fort Emmanuel to safeguard their interest, this would become, the first European Fort in India. They also built the first European Church in India, called St Francis. 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