What was the French East India Company?

Introduction The French East India Company (French: Compagnie française pour le commerce des Indes orientales) was a imperial commercial enterprise, founded on 01 September 1664 to compete with the English (later British) and Dutch trading companies in the East Indies. Planned by Jean-Baptiste Colbert, it was chartered by King Louis XIV for the purpose of… Read More


What is a Chartered Company?

Introduction A chartered company is an association with investors or shareholders that is incorporated and granted rights (often exclusive rights) by royal charter (or similar instrument of government) for the purpose of trade, exploration, and/or colonisation. Notable Chartered Companies Austrian: 1719 Imperial Privileged Oriental Company. 1722 Ostend Company. 1775 Austrian East India Company. British: 1711… Read More

What was the Battle of Swally (1612)?

Introduction The naval Battle of Swally, also known as Battle of Suvali, took place on 29 to 30 November 1612 off the coast of Suvali (anglicised to Swally) a village near the Surat city (now in Gujarat, India) and was a victory for four English East India Company galleons over four Portuguese galleons and 26… Read More