Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Chennai Trivia - 9

What connects Nova Scotia,Canada and Chennai?

Ans: Dupleix, the French Governor General of Pondicherry, captured Madras in 1746 from the British. This was during the War of Austrian Succession 1740-1749 when British and French were fighting all over the world. At the end of the war, they signed the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, under which British agreed to give up Loisbourg,Nova Scotia to the French in lieu of which Madras was handed back to the British. If not for the treaty, we would probably be blogging in French.

Dupleix was an interesting character, the first European to dream of ruling India. The British actually had no interest in taking over India then, they were treating it as a trading outpost only. Dupleix's actions prompted the clerk in Madras East India Company, Robert Clive to take up arms and rest is history. Dupleix's Dubash Ananda Ranga Pillai had kept meticulous records of daily happenings in his diaries. These provide great insight into those turbulent years. I have read bits and pieces of them. If you get a chance do read them.

9 comments:

Prash said...

The ice house

Chenthil said...

No Prashanth, that is Boston-Tudor Ice factory- and was one of my earlier questions.

YardBoy said...

Sir Thomas Andrew Lumisden Strange who went from Chief Justice of Nova Scotia to form Chennai's justice system and assume same position.

Chenthil said...

You googled YB, but that is not the exact answer I am expecting. I agree there can be n number of reasons connecting the two places, but what I have mentioned is an important event in the growth of the city.

YardBoy said...

Sorry, I just wanted to be a contributor. Trust me, it beats an empty Comments section. My old brain needs Google, so without it, I'll say the connection is Nova Scotia's famed canned sardines. I'll speculate that some time in the past there was a Madrasi fish scare or some lack of refrigeration, so the sardines became "an important event in the growth of the city".

Chenthil said...

YB :-). I forgot to put a smiley after my earlier comment. You googled right, but dig a little more into google and you will get the right answer.

And Canned Sardines - you get the prize for the most innovative answer :-)

Ravages said...

I am speculating here, I don't know the answer. But is it something to do with Mr. Yale?

Chenthil said...

CCG, I am really surprised that I know something about Madras that you don't. :-). The answer is not Yale.

Dupleix, the French Governor General of Pondicherry, captured Madras in 1746 from the British. This was during the War of Austrian Succession 1740-1749 when British and French were fighting all over the world. At the end of the war, they signed the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, under which British agreed to give up Loisbourg,Nova Scotia to the French in lieu of which Madras was handed back to the British. If not for the treaty, we would probably be blogging in French.

vijay said...

Hi Chenthil! Remember me from a long past Chennai bloggers' meet? You commented on my LJ during the unemployment period. Couldn't get back. Sorry!