Dupleix

dupleix

This caractère room of 20m2, with it's natural and soft tones, wood ceiling and exposed beam, is composed with an independant bathroom with one vask, a shower, towel dryer and hair dryer. It is equiped with a king size bed of 160.

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Un peu d'histoire

The son of a shareholder of the East India Company, Joseph Dupleix was born in Landrecies, in the North of France, on January 1, 1697. His father sent him very young to India where in the first part of his life he worked essentially to develop the commerce of the Company, and endeavored to make a fortune. He was greatly helped by his wife, Jeanne de Castro, a Creole of Portuguese origin, who knew the local languages and customs admirably. Associated with all her husband's thoughts, she had a great share in her successes and failures.

Governor of Pondicherry and Governor General of the French possessions of India, in 1742, he found himself struggling with the difficulties arising from the Austrian Civil War and had to become a warlord. He undertook to ruin English power on the coast of Coromandel and seized Madras, with the help of the Navy, improvised in the Ile-de-France by General La Bourdonnais, but the disagreement which reigned between the two men prevented from taking advantage of this brilliant operation. Left alone on the spot following the destruction of the squadron by a cyclone, he was besieged in Pondicherry by the forces of the English and their native allies. He forced them to raise the siege and he was going to be in a position to win new successes when the peace of Aix-La Chapelle came.

Created marquis and "red cord" (knight of the military order of Saint Louis), a rare reward for a civilian, Dupleix then undertook the work to which his name remains attached. Until then the Europeans had come to India only as traders. Dupleix proposed to intervene in the quarrels of native princes and gradually establish a system of protectorate which, supported by a military force, would assure France a monopoly of traffic and a practical sovereignty. He came up against the English, who employed methods modeled on his own, and thus in full peace, English and French troops were fighting in Hindustan. As long as it was successful, Dupleix was allowed to go forward, but he had only mediocre troops and could never find, with the exception of Bussy, military leaders capable of effectively supporting his designs.

Returning to France in 1754, he died in 1763 in a state close to misery.