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A Colonial Affair: Commerce, Conversion, and Scandal in French India

Danna Agmon


Early in the eighteenth century, in the French colony of Pondichéry, India, a man’s life was thrust into turmoil. A Tamil commercial broker named Nayiniyappa, the colony’s most powerful local man, was arrested, swiftly convicted of tyranny and sedition, and died in prison while serving out his sentence. But following his death a global mobilization effort on his behalf ensued, and the French King exonerated Nayiniyappa posthumously. The struggle over this man’s guilt or innocence drew into debate merchants of the French trading company, the Compagnie des Indes, Catholic missionaries of various ... More

Keywords: empire, colonialism, France, India, missionaries, trade, Compagnie des Indes, eighteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501709937
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501709937.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Danna Agmon, author
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