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Getting To Know Places And Peoples: Cochin Circa 1750

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A Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC) ship heading from Batavia to the roadstead of Fort Cochin in 1750 would in all probability put in at Galle in Ceylon en route. This chapter first focuses on Fort Cochin, its inhabitants and the historical backgrounds of the different places and people connected to it. It then focuses on the Malabar Coast. Just outside the walls of Fort Cochin, and towards the south eastern part of the peninsula, is Mattancheri, known as Cochim de Cima to the Portuguese. The fort was built and maintained according to traditions of Dutch town planning. The massive defensive walls of Fort Cochin were therefore breached to satisfy human needs and demands. The people inside the fort were dependent on those outside, not only for fresh supplies of everyday products but for political and economic reasons.

Keywords: Batavia; Fort Cochin; Malabar Coast; Mattancheri; Portuguese; Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie(VOC) ship

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