dimanche 18 mai 2008

Rue de la Compagnie. Pondicherry

"Rue de la Compagnie", a street in Pondicherry named after the "Compagnie des Indes" based in Lorient, Brittany. A man in hos classy Ambassador looking at me.
The French East India Company (French: La Compagnie française des Indes orientales or Compagnie française pour le commerce des Indes orientales) was a commercial enterprise, founded in 1664 to compete with the British and Dutch East India companies.

Planned by Jean Baptiste Colbert, it was chartered by King Louis XIV for the purpose of trading in the Eastern Hemisphere. The first Director General for the Company was François Caron, who had spent 30 years working for the Dutch East India Company, including 20 years in Japan.

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