This study of the early modern fortress town of Cochin in India, based on the rarely used VOC archival deposits in the Tamilnadu State Archives in Chennai (Madras), provides an intimate portrait of a Dutch urban community of East India Company servants and their dependents living within the larger social environment of the Malabar coast. It shows how between 1750 and 1830 the population of this Dutch settlement had adapted itself to the fundamental political and economic changes that occurred as a result of local state formation processes, the demise of the Dutch East India Company, and the ...
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-307) and index.
Getting to know places and peoples: Cochin circa 1750 -- The metamorphosis of the Malabar Command (1750-1784) -- The social world of Fort Cochin -- Days of reckoning (1784-1795) -- Life after the VOC -- Adapting to British Cochin (1798-1830).
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