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During the later years of the seventeenth century, great changes took place in the fortunes of Madras and of the English Company. For a naval war against the Mughals by the English would obstruct the former’s trade with the Eastern nations, which was ten times as much as that of the English and all European nations put together. Every complaint of the English was therefore redressed by the Alamgir. The English regarded “Fort St. George is now much more worth and secure to us, then ever it was in the mean king of Golconda’s time”. Such was the importance that Fort St. George gained by the later years of the seventeenth century.


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