Living Homeschool History (South India):Book Review:The Story of Madras by Glynn Barlow

Recommended Age:Middle school and High school

This book was one I had to read,because this one is about my home state Tamil Nadu and very particularly the city where I live in Chennai whose previous name was Madras.It was an absolutely fascinating read,it helped me to look back a few centuries to see how Chennai looked like.

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  • The book  tells about the beginning  of British East India company at 1636 the buying of Madras from King of Vijayanagar.
  • The setting up of trade posts.
  • The deal between the Nawab of Arcot and East India Company(Eic).
  • The invasions from Tipu sultan and the French.
  • Interesting information about the Ice House.
  • The early buildings and churches in Madras – St Mary’s Church,St.Andrews church,St.Georges Cathedral.
  • The arrival of Robert Clive.
  • The different settlers in early Chennai – Jews,Armenians and Arabs.
  • The layout of the city on those days – Mylapore,Moor market,Fort St George,Chindadripet (weavers colony),Washermenpet.
  • The beginning of schools and colleges in the city – Madras Medical college,Madras Christian College

This is a good book to understand the early part of the British influence in India.