View Of Cochin – Antique Hand coloured Plan 1704
This is a 1704 antique hand coloured and hand-made paper Map/Plan of Cochin, now Kochi. There are four views in this plan. Very interesting document on Fort Cochin and city. By the look of it, the size of the Fortification looks enormous. This indicates the plan was drawn before the Dutch modified the town. The beautiful buildings constructed by the Portuguese look intact in it.
The Dutch took control of Fort Cochin by driving out the Portuguese in 1663. Making many drastic changes under their 110 years rule. That included reducing the size of the fortification. Demolishing churches and beautiful buildings. Many other drastic changes were initiated to anything that was of Portuguese origin.
See post- Fort Cochin – Antique Map Plan 1761.
Did you know- the original name of the fortification given by the Portuguese was Fort Emmanuel but as time passed the name changed to Fort Cochin that is stuck to this day. Read more about Fort Emmanuel.
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