The Seige of Pondicherry
Updated: Aug 17
Unit/ Formation: Marine Regiments
Period/ Conflict: First Carnatic War
Date/s: August – October 1748
The First Carnatic War (1746–1748) was the Indian theatre of the War of the Austrian Succession and the first of a series of Carnatic Wars that established early British dominance on the east coast of the Indian subcontinent.
In this conflict the British and French East India Companies vied with each other on land for control of their respective trading posts at Madras, Pondicherry, and Cuddalore, while naval forces of France and Britain engaged each other off the coast.
The war set the stage for the rapid growth of French hegemony in southern India under the command of French Governor-General Joseph François Dupleix in the Second Carnatic War
The Siege of Pondicherry was conducted by British forces against a French East India Company garrison under the command of Governor-General Joseph François Dupleix at the Indian port of Pondicherry.
The British siege strategy, conducted with inexperience in siege tactics by Admiral Edward Boscawen, was lifted with the arrival of monsoon rains, on 27 October 1748 and the war came to a conclusion with the arrival in December of news of the Peace of Aix-la-Chapele. Under its terms Madras was returned to British control.
The siege was the last major action of the First Carnatic War.
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