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French India is a general name for the former French
possessions in India.
The French were early rivals of the British for empire
For many reasons, probably centering on British control of the seas, the French
lost out and were permitted, by various treaties, to retain only tiny
The Indian postal service maintained offices in these
possessions independently of the French post offices.
Pondicherry was the capital of the French possessions and
occupied an area of 113 square miles. It had been lost by the French during the
Napoleonic wars but was handed back to them in 1816 and stayed French until it
was returned to India
was a really tiny (3 sq. miles) enclave some 20 miles north of Calcutta. It was owned by
the French between 1816 and 1950 when a referendum returned it to India.
was a small French settlement on the S.E. coast in the Tanjore
Other Settlements included Mahe
and Yenam. In addition there were lodges (loges)
located at Machilipatnam, Kozhikode and Surat,
but they were merely nominal remnants of French factories.
http://www.island.net/~rjbw/IndiaUA.html & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_India
(Thanks to Lou for the scan)
10th Anniversary, Liberation of France
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