Bharat (Republic of India)
  • Barry Turner
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The Moghul emperors held power over most of north India and the Deccan (the central plateau of the Indian peninsula) when, in 1712, the emperor Bahadur died and his sons weakened the dynasty by disputing the succession. The power of the states within the empire then revived. South of Hyderabad were the independent Hindu states of Mysore and Travancore, a number of small principalities and the territory around Madras where the British East India Company was the most powerful force. The Company had maintained a factory at Madras since 1639 and had since established other bases at Bombay (1668) and at Calcutta in Bengal.


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