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  • Last Updated : 17 Aug, 2022
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British and the French came to India with the end goal of exchanging, they were eventually brought into the legislative issues of India. Both had dreams of laying out political control over the locale. The Anglo-French contention in India mirrored the conventional competition of England and France all through their narratives; it started with the flare-up of the Austrian War of Succession and finished with the finish of the Seven Years’ War. Explicitly in India, the competition, as three Carnatic wars (Carnatic was the name given by the Europeans to the Coromandel Coast and its hinterland), chose once and for all that the English and not the French were to become rulers of India.

First Carnatic war (1740-48)

The Coromandel coast and its hinterland were given the name Carnatic by Europeans. The First Carnatic War was a European expansion of the Anglo-French War set off by the Austrian War of Succession. The First Carnatic War is popular for the Battle of St. Thome (in Madras), which occurred between French powers and the powers of Anwar-ud-Din Khan, the Nawab of Carnatic, to whom the English called for help.

Course of Conflict

Despite the fact that France, mindful of its more second-rate position in India, didn’t lean toward stretching out threats toward India, the English naval force, driven by Commodore Curtis Bennett, caught a French boat to bother France. The French Governor General, Marquis Joseph-Fran├žois Dupleix, mentioned help from Anwar-ud-Din, Nawab of Carnatic, who cautioned the British that his region was an unbiased area and that no assault on French domains would be allowed.

In 1746, France responded by taking Madras with the help of an armada from Mauritius, the Isle of France, drove by Admiral La Bourdonnais, the French leader of Mauritius. The capture of Madras started a warm discussion among Dupleix and La Bourdonnais. Dupleix wanted to hand up the town to the Nawab as compensation for abusing the Nawab’s nonpartisanship proclamation, while La Bourdonnais wanted to deliver the town back to the British. This discussion forged ahead until October when Anwar-ud-Din chose to step in. He dispatched a multitude of 10,000 troopers, driven by his child Mahfuz Khan, to blockade the French at Madras.

Aftereffect of the First Carnatic war 

At St.Thome on the banks of the Adyar River, a little French power driven by Captain Paradise obliterated an enormous Indian armed force drove by Mahfuz Khan. The First Carnatic War finished in 1748 with the marking of the Treaty of Aix-La Chapelle, which finished the Austrian War of Succession. Madras was gotten back to the English under the arrangements of this settlement, while the French got an area in North America in return. The war showed the Europeans in India that even a little focused power could effectively beat a lot greater Indian armed force. Besides, this battle showed the meaning of maritime could in the Anglo-French clash in the Deccan.

Second Carnatic War (1749-54)

The Anglo-French competition in India framed the background for the Second Carnatic War. Indeed, even after the First Carnatic War finished, India’s quiet was brief. Nizam-ul-Mulk, Mughal executive of the Deccan and semi-autonomous Nawab of Hyderabad, kicked the bucket in 1748. The progression to his position was disagreeable, and the British and French were immediately brought into the quarrel among the hopefuls.

Dupleix, the French lead representative who drove the French troopers to triumph in the First Carnatic War, expected to improve his power and French political impact in southern India by intruding in neighborhood dynastic contentions to beat the English. The British reinforced their hold in southern India during the Second Carnatic War, which endured from 1749 to 1754.

Course of the conflict

The passing of Nizam-ul-Mulk, the pioneer behind the free realm of Hyderabad, in 1748, and the arrival of Chanda Sahib, the child-in-law of Dost Ali, the Nawab of Carnatic, by the Marathas around the same time, offered the opportunity. In Hyderabad, Muzaffar Jang, the grandson of the Nawab, tested Nasir Jang, the child of the Nizam, to the privileged position of Hyderabad, guaranteeing that the Mughal Emperor had picked him as legislative leader of Hyderabad.

There were two competitors for the Nawabship of Carnatic, an auxiliary office officially reliant upon the Nizam, farther south. Muzaffar Jang, Chanda Sahib, and the French armed force crushed and killed Anwar ud-clamor in the Battle of Ambur (close to Vellore) in 1749. The Nawab was killed from the get-go in the contention, passing on his child Mohammed Ali to guarantee the Nawabship.

Muzaffar Jang was named Nizam of Hyderabad and Subahdar of Deccan, while Dupleix was made overseer of all Mughal areas south of the Krishna River. Muzaffar Jung, be that as it may, was killed a couple of months after the fact, and the French put Muzaffar’s uncle Salabat Jung as the new Nizam. Subsequent to neglecting to give significant help to Muhammad Ali at Trichinopoly, the English organization’s Robert Clive proposed a diversionary assault against Governor Saunders of Madras. After various battles, Muhammad Ali, who was eventually settled as the Nawab of Carnatic, executed Chanda Sahib.

Consequence of the Second Carnatic war

The French government, aggravated by the huge monetary misfortunes brought about by Dupleix’s arrangements, chose to review him in 1754. Dupleix was supplanted as French Governor-General in India by Charles Robert Godeheu. Godeheu sought after a system of mollification with the English, marking the Treaty of Pondicherry with them, in which the English and French vowed not to mediate in that frame of mind of local rulers.

Third Carnatic War (1758-63)

At the point when Austria tried to recover Silesia in 1756, the Seven Years’ War (1756-63) emitted all through Europe. England and France were indeed in conflict.

Course of the conflict

  • The French armed force, driven by Count Thomas Arthur de Lally, vanquished the English fortifications of St. David and Vizianagaram in 1758.
  • The English then went on the assault, incurring critical misfortunes for the French naval force driven by Admiral D’Ache at Masulipatnam.
  • The English won the essential skirmish of the Third Carnatic War on January 22, 1760, at Wandiwash (or Vandavasi) in Tamil Nadu.
  • The English armed force, driven by General Eyre Coote, totally obliterated the French armed force drove by Count de Lally and detained Marquis de Bussy.
  • Lally bravely battled Pondicherry for a considerable length of time prior to giving up on January 16, 1761.

Consequence of the Third Carnatic War

The Third Carnatic War ended up being essential. The third conflict finished with the Treaty of Paris (1763), which reestablished Pondicherry and Chandannagar to France but restricted them to business activities. Regardless of the way that the settlement reestablished the French businesses in India, French political power in India blurred after the conflict. Following that, the French, similar to their Portuguese and Dutch adversaries in India, confined themselves to small areas and businesses. The English rose to turn into the prevailing European power in the Indian subcontinent.

In spite of the way that the British and French came to India to exchange, they were ultimately trapped in India’s governmental issues. Both had aspirations to merge political control in the district. The Anglo-French contest in India reflected England and France’s well-established competition all throughout their chronicles; it started with the beginning of the Austrian War of Succession and finished with the Seven Years’ War.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Question 1: What was the justification behind the Anglo-French competition in India?


By the eighteenth 100 years, two significant European powers were the English and the French. Both had shaped East India Companies to rule Indian business sectors. Thus, an extreme contest followed. They became most despised rivals in exchange and this competition at last prompted wars.

Question 2: Who Won the Anglo-French competition?


It was an unequivocal conflict known as the Battle of Wandiwash which was won by the British in 1760. Albeit the Treaty of Peace of Paris (1763) reestablished the French production lines in India, the French political impact vanished after the conflict.

Question 3: What number of Anglo-French conflicts were battled in India?


Three Carnatic Wars were battled somewhere in the range of 1746 and 1763. The contentions included various ostensibly free rulers and their vassals, battles for progression and domain; and incorporated a political and military battle between the French East India Company and the British East India Company.

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