First foothold for the French Compagnie des Indes in South Asia, south of the East India Company factory at Madras. Pondicherry would be the base for French forces prior to their seizure of Madras in 1746, and the last French post to fall to the British in 1761.
Editors. "French negotiate trading rights in Pondicherry, India". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 December 2007
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