Chennai and the nearby regions have contributed to the country as a great military, administrative and financial centre for centuries together. The history of Chennai dates back to the time of megalithic cultural establishment, according to the evidence found by the archaeological department. Mighty dynasties like the Pallavas, Cholas, Cheras and Pandyas have ruled this city. The Pallavas especially contributed to the sculptures and paintings in Chennai. In 1639, the English East India company obtained a small strip of land in the Coromandel coast and called it as “Madraspatnam”. The next year, they built Fort St. George which then turned into a nucleus of the growing city and urban Chennai developed around this fort. Between 1746 and 1769, Chennai was taken from the hands of British by the French and Sultan Hyder Ali but on both occasions, the rule was short lived. By 18th century the British completely conquered most of present-day Tamil Nadu. Under the British, Chennai, then known as Madras flourished. It became a major naval base and also got many urban facilities. After India’s independence, the city continued to thrive and in 1996, the city was renamed to “Chennai” following a nationwide trend to use less anglicised names.
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