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The Metamorphosis Of The Malabar Command (1750–1784)

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How did the Company and the people of Fort Cochin fare during the period between 1750 and 1784? How did the servants of the Company at Cochin and the High Government in Batavia deal with the various competitors on the coast? These are the main questions taken up in this chapter, the aim being to specifically identify and further define the nature of the Dutch presence in Malabar between 1750 and 1784. In an attempt to understand the changes in the fortunes of the people living in Fort Cochin, and in the Company itself, the chapter briefly reviews some developments in Europe - particularly Britain, France, and the Dutch Republic - and India. Besides income from trade, income from land and other non-trading activities such as excises, tolls and taxes had become important for the VOC in Malabar.

Keywords: Batavia; Dutch; Europe; Fort Cochin; India; Malabar; VOC



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