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.