Pondicherry Past and Present
Front facade of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)
Front facade of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)

This bilingual (French/English) CD-ROM, first shows Pondicherry from its origins to 1824, emphasizing on the dazzling expansion of this modest textile centre which became, for a short period, the capital of an empire in the first half of the 18th century, then on its slow death after its destruction by the British in 1761, thanks to magnificent watercolour plans and maps preserved in French archives. A second part is devoted to the evolution of Pondicherry from 1824 to the present day, and to the merging of a small colonial settlement to the Indian Union. This part is illustrated with old postcards and a mixture of recent and archival photographs. Keywords : India, Pondicherry, town planning, colonial heritage Product : CD-Rom, Online Application with small images