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Adapting To British Cochin (1798–1830)

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The EIC continued its expansion in the region and set up administrative systems in Malabar. The British attitude was not that of a people who had come to Malabar for the 'protection against French invasion', as they had claimed, but of an expansionist power. A certain section of the EIC was sure that Britain would not suffer in India because of the ongoing war in Europe. With Cochin also coming under British control, the EIC and private British traders had unfettered access to Malabar pepper. With the transition from Dutch to British rule, the town and port of Cochin had changed from a walled enclave into a coterminous dominion consisting of British Cochin, Mattancheri and the surrounding areas. The question as to where the Dutch inhabitants of Cochin and their descendants lived after the British had duly taken over its administration still lingers.

Keywords: British Cochin; Dutch; EIC; Europe; Malabar

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