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Origins of the Urban Development of Pondicherry according to Seventeenth Century Dutch Plans

Jean Deloche


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1Credit for initiating the co-edition of this book, which is the fruit of a collaboration between Europeans partners in India, goes to his Excellency Mr P. F. C. Koch, ambassador of the Netherlands in India and Dr Jean-Pierre Muller, Director of the French Institute of Pondicherry. I would like to express my appreciation for the support provided by them.

2I also wish to thank those people and institutions that made this project possible. First of all, J. Lohman, introduced to me by INTACH, Pondicherry, who went to the National Archives, The Hague, checked all the plans, noted down the numbers corresponding to the captions of each landmark, and translated the legends from old Dutch into English: without his valuable cooperation this book could not have been written. My gratitude is also addressed to Dr Lennart Bes, indologist and research assistant at this archival depot, who gave him all facilities and helped him to solve some problems of readings in the manuscript. Moreover, thankful acknowledgment is due to Dr Robert Aarsse, Head of Cultural Affairs in the Dutch Embassy and to the Curator of the National Archives, for giving permission to publish photos of the original plans of Pondicherry.

3Finally, I have to mention the cooperation I received from the staff of the Geomatics and Photothèque Departments of the French Institute of Pondicherry, particularly from K. Ramesh who helped with the photographs and R. Mouhammadou who digitalised all the plans.

© Institut Français de Pondichéry, 2004

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