The history of the city of Pondicherry dates back to the arrival of British, Dutch, Portuguese and French colonialists. It was colonised by the French East India Company and later became the Union Territory of Pondicherry, after independence. The history of Pondicherry dates back to the mid-1st century, when a marketplace named Poduke or Poduca is recorded to be a Roman trading destination. In the 4th century, the area was a part of the Pallava kingdom of Kanchipuram. Before the Pallavas, the Cholas of Thanjavur ruled it from the 10th to 13th centuries. \n\nMost of South India was controlled by Vijayanagara empire from the 14th century until 1638, before they were overthrown by the Sultan of Bijapur. Puducherry was acquired by the French in 1674, with occasional interruptions by the British and Dutch until 1954, when it was merged with India, along with the rest of the French colonies in India.
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