Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Sack of Seringapatam

On May 4, 1799 the British and their allied armies breached the walls of Seringapatam and the town was subject to plunder. Here is an account of the results of that plunder as narrated by Dennys Forrest in ‘Tiger of … Continue reading

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A Contemporary Estimate of Tipu’s Personality

Referring to Tipu in 1790, the Asiatic Annual Register for 1799 records: ‘Tippoo Sultaun is about 43 years of age; his constitution is much impaired; he is subject to two disorders, the frequent return of which obliges him to take … Continue reading

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Vijaynagara Treasure: Gold foil fragments found at Hampi

   ‘The Hindu’ newspaper reports that fourteen fragments of a gold leaf (foil) of the Vijayanagar era were found on Saturday, 30 April, 2011, near the Vijaya Vittala temple in Hampi. The fragments were found while clearing the area near the … Continue reading

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The Mysorean Army under Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan

In it’s time Tipu Sultan’s army was the best equipped and best disciplined troops maintained by any Indian state. In his study of Tipu’s armies, Denys Forrest says that Tipu had inherited a system of compulsory service, which had been purged … Continue reading

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