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Entry of De Lannoy
  1. The Attack by the Dutch and Colachel War

  2. The Dutch attacked Travancore in 1741. Their plan was to have a Dutch colony in the area. With this aim in their plan, the Dutch had an initial success at Colachel, but it was short lived. Under the leadership of Ramayyan Dalawa and Duijvenschot, the Travancore not only resisted the Dutch but even overcame them. At the glorious victory over the Dutch, the Travancore king took possession of a precious booty in the person of Eustache De Lannoy and 23 other European soldiers, who were given a lease of life on condition that they served the king of Travancore by joining his army.

  3. The Attack by the Dutch and Colachel War

  4. King Marthanda Varma had a dream for the modernization of his army. It meant for him europeization. He wanted to use the art of European warfare and thereby to keep the Europeans away, not only by treaties by also by victory in wars. Secondly, such a eurupeization was necessary also to continue his forays into the kingdoms around to realize his dream of a wide Travancore Kingdom by conquering all neighbouring kings. Therefore, Marthanda Varma was happy to have De Lannoy in his army. De Lannoy’s presence in the service of the king of Travancore comes earlier than the final treaty with the Dutch after the Colachel war. The Dutch faced a definite defeat on 31st July.

    De Lannoy was apprehended on 2nd of August 1741, whereas the final end of war or the treaty of Victory with the Dutch came 10 days afterwards, between 12th and 14th of Augutst, probably on the 14th.21 The Dutch documents, which claim that De Lannoy deserted the Dutch army, say that De Lannoy played a role in the final surrender of the Dutch at Colachel22. The contact between the Colonel and Nilakandan started here. It is Nilakandan who “dragged” De Lannoy to Marthanda Varma23. The King did not straight away accept De Lannoy and the other Europeans into his army. If they had wanted to escape he would have killed them. Their accepting to serve the king was the condition on which they were allowed to be free and to join the army. It is possible that Nilakandan who had brought De Lannoy into the presence of the king would have also played a role in his inclusion into the army. This cognizance between the two would later develop into a strong bond of friendship, which would lead Nilakandan into the presence of Jesus Christ.

    De Lannoy was a person of justice and equality. He supported the good persons and opposed the evil ones. There was famine and starvation in the country. There were also incidents of violence in the kingdom, but De Lannoy felt one with those affected and spent time in praying in the churches and did a lot of penance.






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