A fascinating account of European Hooghly …from the maestro, Mr. Rangan Dutta.
Europe along the Hooghly
Serampore (Danish), Chandannagar (French), Chinsurah (Dutch) and Bandel (Portuguese)
Almost a century after Vasco da Gama landed on the West Cost of India (1498) the Europeans started making inroads in Bengal. Using Hooghly (also known as Ganga or Ganges) as the main source of navigation they started making inroads in Bengal.
Soon European settlement started growing up along the Hooghly River in the present day Hooghly District. Long before the British made Calcutta their stronghold the Portuguese have settled in Bandel. They were closely followed by the Dutch in Chinsurah, Danish in Serampore and the French in Chandannagar.
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