History of Chennai

History of Chennai - 1639 The East India Company receives a...

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1639 The East India Company receives a grant of no man's land from a local governor. On this piece of land, 7 kilometers north of San Thome, protected on three sides by water, a fortified factory is built. This is christened Fort St George (after the patron saint of England, on whose feast day the construction was completed - April 23rd, 1640). The Fort becomes Britain's gateway to India. And its establishment marks the birth of the city we know today as Chennai. The men responsible for the Fort's establishment - Francis Day, Andrew Cogan, Beri Thimmapa and Nagabaththan. 1658 Triplicane, south of San Thome, is added to the main settlement. 1664 The first organised hospital in the country starts at Fort St George. General Hospital , which moved to its present location in 1772, opened its doors to Indians in 1842. 1678 Kaliamman Kameswarar temple at Thambu Chetty Street is built. Emperor Sivaji and the famous Tamil poet of 20th century, Subramania Bharathi worshipped at this shrine. 1687 The Corporation of Madras is set up. This, the oldest municipal organisation in India, was the brainchild of Sir Josiah Child - the then Chairman of the East India Company. 1693 Egmore and Purusawalkam, along the road to Poonamallee, are acquired.
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1701 Emperor Aurangazeb's general Daud Khan , attacks Fort St George. But the British manage to hold the Fort. 1715 The East India Company acquires Tondiarpet. 1726 Coja Petrus Uscan constructs the 134 stone steps, which are still used to reach the summit of the 300-feet high St Thomas Mount. 1708 - 1742 Villages on either side of the road to St Thomas Mount are acquired: Nungambakkam, Pudupakkam and Vepery. Also Perambur and Vyasarpadi in the north-west are acquired. 1744 Robert Clive works as a writer at Fort St George. He goes on to become the hero of the Carnatic. 1746
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