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The Fort at Shrirangapattana [Seringapatam], showing the position of the breach through which the British Army entered in May 1799.

The Fort at Shrirangapattana [Seringapatam], showing the position of the breach through which  the British Army entered in May 1799.

Photographer: Dixon, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/23(2271a)

Item number: 22714a

Length: 21

Width: 28.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Fort of Seringapatam, Karnataka from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series, taken by Henry Dixon in c. 1868. Seringapatam, a small town near Mysore, is an island fortress surrounded by the Kaveri River that was ruled by Haidar Ali (r. 1761-1782) and then by his son Tipu Sultan until his death in 1799. Haidar Ali faced continued opposition from the British and numerous wars were fought for the control of southern India. In 1782 Haidar Ali died but the military campaign against the British was continued by his son. On 4 May 1799 the British stormed the island fortress at Seringapatam and Tipu Sultan was killed.

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