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From a small fishing village to a bustling metropolis, Chennai or Madras as it was previously known has come a long way ever since it was settled by the British in 1639. The remnants of the British can still be seen even today notably in the Fort St .George - the administrative center of the British and the now the Government Secretariat.

A walk through the by lanes of history tells us that apart from the British and the Portuguese, the Dutch had also settled in Chennai. The Portuguese were first to arrive in 1522 and built a port called São Tomé at Mylapore after the Christian apostle, St Thomas, who is said to have preached in the area between 52 and 70 CE, while the Dutch established themselves near Pulicat, just north of the city in 1612.

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