Long before the British, it was the Dutch East India company that dominated India’s trade with the West. Today, the remnants of its legacy can still be seen in different parts of India. Catch the story of the world’s first multinational corporation and its links with India.
In the 16th century, Surat was the place to be. So great was the economic clout of its port, that the European merchants, especially the British and the Dutch vied with each other in the docks and marketplaces for access and their rivalries were so great, that they even took it to their graves, quite literally!
While the African slave trade is well known, what is little known is that for around 200 years, starting the 17th CE, thousands of Indians were shipped off as slaves to the far corners of the world. Who were they? What happened to them? We go to the town of Pulicat near Chennai and find pages from this brutal chapter of our history