Last modified: 2001-08-23 by jonathan dixon
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by Jorge Candeias
History (mainly of Cochin-city): Portuguese factory founded by Vasco da Gama 1502; fort built by Albuquerque 1503, first European fort in India; British settled 1635 but forced out by Dutch 1663, under whom town became important trade center; came under sovereignty of Haidar Ali 1776 but was surrendered by his son Tipu Sahib to the British 1791; occupied by British 1795 and fortifications destroyed; formally ceded by Dutch 1814. Burial place of Albuquerque. Present name: Kochi.
Jarig Bakker, 11 November 1998
Keralan nationalists resisted inclusion in India and attempted to declare the region independent in August 1947. Nations Without States calls a horizontal tricolor of red, yellow and turquoise "the Keralan national flag, the traditional flag of the state."
Ned Smith, 10 March 2001