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Cauvery Bridge [Wellesley] at Seringapatam.

Cauvery Bridge [Wellesley] at Seringapatam.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 96/1(92)

Item number: 96192

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Wellesley Bridge in Seringapatam, Karnataka, part of the 'Crofton Collection: Topographical and architectural views in India', taken by an unknown photographer in the 1870s. Seringapatam, a small town near Mysore, is an island fortress surrounded by the Kaveri Rver that was ruled by Tipu Sultan from 1782 to his death in 1799. He was nicknamed The Tiger of Mysore for his resistance to the British. This photograph is of the Wellesley Bridge, the only direct link to Tipu Sultan's walled fort, and is named after Lord Wellesley, who crossed this bridge in a battle with the Sultan and his French allies. The Kaveri River arises in the Western Ghats and flows west to east through Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to the Bay of Bengal, South India. It splits in two twice and forms the islands of Seringapatam and Sivasamudram in Karnataka.

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