Tales from Tranquebar ~ Part 1
On a clear morning in August 1620, fisherfolk operating close to the Cormandal coast rescued a band of drowning white men after their vessel was intercepted and sunk by the Portuguese. The foreigners were treated and then escorted to royal court at Tanjore wherein a week later, their leader Robert Crappe had an audience with the presiding ruler - Raghunath Rao, generally considered to be the greatest amongst the Tanjore Nayaks.
Crappe introduced himself as a faithful servant of Christian IV, the King of Denmark and chronicled the events leading to his arrival in India - the establishment of the Danish East India Company (CE 1616), the details of the two Dutch expeditions that set sail to India in CE 1618, one under Admiral Ove Gjedde of Tommerup (who was docked in Sri Lanka back then) and other under him, the route they took and their experiences, especially in Ceylon. As he ended, he made a compassionate appeal to the chieftain, "Me and my men have braved several hardships including inclement weather, homesickness, disease, desertion and death to come here. Your Majesty, all that my King desires is to be on friendly terms with a strong monarch like you and permission to set up a trading post within your vast domain", and bowed before him.
After multiple rounds of discussion, a treaty was signed between the Kings of Tanjore and Denmark on 20 November, 1620 under which the Danes were granted permission to set up a fortified trading centre at the mouth of Uppnar in the coastal village of Tarangambadi (which in Tamil means the place of the singing waves) for an annual payment of Rs. 3,331. Tranquebar, as it was known to the Danish, would serve as the de facto capital of Danish India for about two and a half centuries.
Admiral Ove Gjedde took over as the first Danish governor of India and it was under his supervision that the Dansborg fort, shown here was constructed, the foundation of which was laid on December 7, 1620. At its zenith, this fort was the second largest Danish fort in the world.
Date: 13 May, 2018
Residence of the Danish Governor of Tranquebar. The Danish enclave in Tamil Nadu is also known as Tharangambadi (land of the singing waves). Badly damaged in the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, the restoration and repair work was painstakingly done with assistance from the Danish Government.
Apart from Danish colonial buildings, Tranquebar also has a luxury hotel, a fort and a museum inside it.
#Nagapattinam distt., Tamil Nadu. April 2014.
@raghapriya The colour version of your pic.
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Tranquebar! Someone from the head office regulary goes to the costal office in Tranquebar to follow up and plan for future projects. This time it was the planning for 2018-19 that had to be done. This was also an opportunity for Kudumbam’s interns to get to know the important work the members at the office in Tranquebar does. Such as women’s right, micro loans, evening classes, and training courses for farmers. The interns also saw the results that came from this, they visited a farmer who changed to organic farming and quit using chemicals. The interns also enjoyed a good lunch at a small restaurant that was built using micro loans from Kudumbam. A very instructive and interesting trip! #kudumbam#Tranquebar # Women empowerment # women’s rights # ecological farming #equality