Friday, January 8, 2010

Ramsden and Du Jardin

People could make my history come alive. And here are two promising figures: George Ramsden and Clement Jordan (later du Jardin). When the English settlement was established in Vizagapatam in 1682, George Ramsden was sent there as the chief and Clement du Jardin as his deputy.

They beat the Dutch at gaining favours from the local lascars and establishing business. However, in 1683 they fell out and Ramsden was temporarity suspended, while du Jardin was recalled and prosecuted. Would love to learn more about these men.