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Author Singh, Anjana
Title Fort Cochin in Kerala, 1750-1830 : The Social Condition of a Dutch Community in an Indian Milieu
Imprint Boston : BRILL, 2010
©2010
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (339 pages)
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Series TANAP Monographs on the History of Asian-European Interaction Ser. ; v.13
TANAP Monographs on the History of Asian-European Interaction Ser
Note Intro -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- Weights, Measures, and Currency -- Glossary -- Maps -- Introduction -- Inspiration for Research -- A Note on Sources -- Points of Discussion -- Chapter One: Getting to Know Places and Peoples: Cochin circa 1750 -- Locating Fort Cochin -- Ports North of Fort Cochin -- Ports South of Fort Cochin -- Fort Cochin: A Fortified Town -- Dutch Administration of Fort Cochin -- The Port of Cochin -- The Peoples in and around Fort Cochin -- Within the Walls -- Outside the Walls -- Conclusion -- Chapter Two: The Metamorphosis of the Malabar Command (1750-1784) -- Changing Times: Europe and India -- Power Struggle in Europe -- The Scenario in India -- The Malabar Coast -- A Dance for the Bride -- VOC and Pepper from Malabar -- Profitability of the Malabar Command -- Batavia's Ill-founded Doubts -- From Black Pepper to Brown Soil -- Advocates of Landed Wealth -- Batavia's Men -- A Reassessment -- Conclusion -- Chapter Three: The Social World of Fort Cochin -- Mestizos and Merchants -- Households and Family Units -- Servants of the Company -- Daughters, Wives, and Widows -- Living in Fort Cochin -- In Search of Livelihood -- The Circle of Life -- Daily Life -- Public Institutions -- The Court of Justice -- Church, School, and Orphanage -- Leper House and Hospital -- Conclusion -- Chapter Four: Days of Reckoning (1784-1795) -- Winds of Change -- England and the EIC -- The Dutch Republic and the VOC -- The State of Affairs of the Malabar Command -- Sale of the Malabar Command -- The Commander Leads -- The Take-over of Fort Cochin -- Contact for Conquest -- Declaring Loyalties -- A Surrender? -- Conclusion -- Chapter Five: Life after the VOC -- Primary Changes after the Take-over -- The British Administration -- First Reactions of the Inhabitants -- New Opportunities -- Leaving Fort Cochin -- A Season of Lovers
Staying On -- The Peoples Re-visited -- Conclusion -- Chapter Six: Adapting to British Cochin (1798-1830) -- Ongoing War -- The Demolition of Fort Cochin -- At Home in British Cochin -- Lingering Shadows -- New Prosperity or Wishful Thinking? -- Conclusion -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Appendices -- 1: Memorandum of gardens and lands belonging to the VOC on the coast of Malabar, dated 1781 -- 2: List of people living in Fort Cochin towards the end of 1792 -- 3: List of people in the orphanage on the Heerenstraat in 1792, whose estates were being managed by the Orphan Board -- 4: Number of households per street (1792) -- 5: List of Residents of Cochin on 5 April 1814 -- 6: A few grave-stones of Dutch persons connected with Fort Cochin that could be traced in Malabar up to mid-nineteenth century -- 7: VOC and EIC Commanders, Governors, and Governors-General -- 8: Family-tree of families of Cochin -- I. Weyerman Family-tree -- II. Daimichen Family-tree -- III. Lunel Family-tree -- IV. Van Spall Family-tree -- V. Weinsheimer Family-tree -- Bibliography -- Index -- List of Maps -- 1: Map of present-day Cochin -- 2: Map of the Malabar Coast -- List of Tables -- 1.1: The number of employees in India and Ceylon prior to 1750 -- 1.2: The number of employees in India and Ceylon (1751-1789) -- 1.3: Households and population of Fort Cochin (1700 and 1730) -- 1.4: Employees of the VOC in Cochin (1750 and 1755) -- 1.5: Qualified employees of the VOC in Cochin (1750 and 1755) -- 1.6: VOC commanders and governors of Malabar (1747-1795) -- 2.1: Average yearly amounts of pepper in pounds bought by the VOC in Malabar (1740-1787) -- 2.2: Amounts of pepper in pounds bought in Malabar and other places by the VOC averaged per year (1740-1749=100) -- 2.3: Malabar local financial results in guilders (1749-1794)
2.4: Gross profit and expenses of Malabar (1749-1784), according to VOC book-keeping system, added up for every five years -- 3.1: Persons in Fort Cochin as part of households in Fort Cochin (1760 and 1790) -- 3.2: Size of households in Fort Cochin (1760 and 1790) -- 3.3: Slaves in Fort Cochin (1760 and 1790) -- 3.4: Slaves per household (1760 and 1790) -- 3.5: Qualified employees of the VOC in Fort Cochin (1760-1785) -- 3.6: Total number of employees of the VOC in Fort Cochin (1760-1785) -- 3.7: Number of VOC Employees (on land) in Fort Cochin (1750-1788) -- 3.8: Company servants in Fort Cochin and their places of origin (1760 and 1788) -- 3.9: Single women in Fort Cochin (1760 and 1790) -- List of Figures -- 2.1: Malabar local financial results in guilders (1661-1700) -- 2.2: Malabar net profit and loss (1661-1795) -- 2.3: Malabar local financial results in guilders (1749-1794) -- 3.1: Population composition of Fort Cochin (1760 and 1790) -- 3.2: VOC employees in Fort Cochin (1750-1788) -- 3.3: Qualified employees of the VOC in Fort Cochin (1760-1785) -- 3.4: Composition of VOC employees in Fort Cochin (1760 and 1788) -- List of Illustrations -- 1: A view of Cochin by James Forbes, 14 Feb. 1772 -- 2: Dutch houses in Fort Cochin -- 3: View of Cochin with the Union Jack by William Alexander, circa 1800 -- 4: Gravestones of VOC personnel and family members in Fort Cochin
This study of the early modern fortress town of Cochin in India, based on the rarely used VOC archival deposits in the Tamilnadu State Archives in Chennai (Madras), provides an intimate portrait of a Dutch urban community of East India Company servants and their dependents living within the larger social environment of the Malabar coast. It shows how between 1750 and 1830 the population of this Dutch settlement had adapted itself to the fundamental political and economic changes that occurred as a result of local state formation processes, the demise of the Dutch East India Company, and the change of regime that occurred when English administration was imposed on Fort Cochin in 1795
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Singh, Anjana Fort Cochin in Kerala, 1750-1830 : The Social Condition of a Dutch Community in an Indian Milieu Boston : BRILL,c2010 9789004168169
Subject Nederlandsche Oost-Indische Compagnie -- History.;Dutch -- India -- Cochin -- Social conditions.;Community life -- India -- Cochin -- History.;Social change -- India -- Cochin -- History.;Fort Cochin (Cochin, India) -- Ethnic relations.;Fort Cochin (Cochin, India) -- History.;Cochin (India) -- Ethnic relations
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