Chennai (formerly known as Madras) is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu in the southeast of India. The British East India Company established itself in the area in 1639, and the city developed into a key naval base for the British. In the nineteenth century, it was connected by rail to Mumbai and Kolkota. An oil depot in the city was shelled by a German warship during the First World War. Today, it is one of India’s largest cultural, economic, and educational centers.


Latitude: 13.079972931546
Longitude: 80.282907492947

Timeline of Events Associated with Chennai

Date Event Manage
10 May 1857 to 20 Jun 1858

Indian Uprising

print of the hanging of two rebelsThe Indian Rebellion or Uprising, also known as the Sepoy Mutiny, began as a mutiny of sepoys of the British East India Company's army on 10 May 1857, in the town of Meerut, and soon escalated into other mutinies and civilian rebellions. It was not contained until the fall of Gwalior on 20 June 1858. Image: Felice Beato, Print of the hanging of two rebels, 1858 (albumen silver print). This image is in the public domain in the United States because its copyright has expired.


Priti Joshi, “1857; or, Can the Indian ‘Mutiny’ Be Fixed?”

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