"The first English settlement was founded in 1756, on the site now occupied by the city of Madras. From that time till the year of the great Mutiny of the sepoys the famous East India Company was all-powerful. It gradually annexed the various provinces obtained from the rajahs in return for annuities, of which little or nothing was paid them,
It appointed the governor-general and all its servants, civil and military; but the East India Company is no more, and the British possessions in India are under the immediate control of the Crown. Thus it is that the general appearance, the manners and ethnographic divisions of the peninsula show day by day a tendency to change."
- "Вокруг света в 80 дней" - Жюль Верн( Collapse )