History of Andaman Islands

Andaman is a group of islands in the Bay of Bengal, on the coast of India. Their average increase is equal to that of the sea, with the highest point is 2402 feet above the sea level at the top of the Saddle Peak. Along with the Nicobar Islands, they form one of the seven Union Territories of India.

The largest city and capital of the archipelago, Port Blair. Before an Andaman tour package, visitors may want to learn about the history of this archipelago. Based on archaeological studies, it is estimated that the area has been inhabited since the last 2200 years. However, cultural and genetic studies indicate that they may have been inhabited since the mid-Paleolithic Age, over 30,000 years ago. There is a theory that migrated during the great migration coast some 200 000 years ago, people from the African continent to India and came here. The theory of the archipelago name says it is derived from the word Andaman, which is the Malaysian corruption Hanuman – the Hindu deity.

Colonial and WWII

The British established a colony in 1824, what is now known as Port Blair in Chatham Island. During the First Burmese War, was an important stopover for the colonial army. Through the next 20 years, sailors who were slain here shipwrecked by the natives. The 1857 uprising urged to build on the authorities to a prison on the island to keep political activists. During World War II, the Japanese occupied the region and atrocities were carried out on prisoners and residents. Subhash Chandra Bose of the Indian National Army came and hoisted the flag of the Indian independence on 30 December 1943. After the war ended, the Japanese left and handed the territory back to Britain.


Many old people like Ptolemy probably knew about the area and had a different name for it. All Ramhormozi, a Persian explorer, has referred to the region as manifested by cannibals in his book Ajaib-al-Hind. In the 11th century, Rajendra I of the South Indian Chola Empire conquered the area and used to launch it as a strategic naval base attacks on Sumatra. The first Europeans here were the Danish, who arrived on 12 December 1755. Because of the repeated outbreaks of malaria, the territory was repeatedly abandoned by the settlers. Kanhoji Angre, a Maratha admiral, made its naval base and fought the British from here during the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Tsunami and Aftermath

The British government in 1947 and 1948 decided to prisoners to develop fisheries, timber production and agriculture in the area of service. In return, the prisoners be allowed to set foot in their native Indian mainland. The colonial regime decided to move Anglo-Indians and Anglo-Burmese people to this area, so that a nation of their own can form, but this was never achieved. Independent India took it as her own in 1950 and in 1956 declared it as a Union Territory. On December 26 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, following the undersea earthquake, lashed the coast. But the task of the extensive restoration took place and the place was brought back to its glorious form. Andaman Tour Package can be created to explore at any time of the year to the charm of this destination.

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