French India


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French India

n
(Placename) a former French overseas territory in India, including Chandernagore and Pondicherry (now Puducherry): restored to India between 1949 and 1954

French′ In′dia


n.
a former French territory in India.
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Although France would control these towns well into the twentieth century, it seemed as though French India would drift into inconsequence.
From a background of research on colonialism in Africa, the Caribbean and French India, Vanuatu becomes an exemplar for processes, themes and trends writ-large in the so called third world.
It had been found, said Aiyappan, on a site some eighty miles south of Madras, near Pondicherry in French India, where he and others had been carrying out some trial excavations on an ancient town-site beside the coast.
In French India too, even much earlier (28 November 1735), a committee was charged with "la constatation des lois, us et coutumes des Hindous, encore en vigueur dans l es etablissements francais de l'Inde," but, as Bonnan points out, "such a corpus of local laws never saw the light of day" (p.
But the corruption and decadence of France under Louis XV prematurely ended the promise of a French India.
As Phillipe Haudrere demonstrates, the French India Company exported twenty to thirty tons of silver annually to the east, but had major difficulties in a trade that never became a national priority.