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Who was Kanhoji Angria?
One of the most successful pirates of the seventeenth
or eighteenth centuries was Kanhoji Angria, pronounced Conajee Angria. Angria
was a Maratha Indian pirate who had been a Maratha naval leader in the 1690s.
When he became a pirate at around this time, the British East India Company
ordered him to resign his post as naval leader and he left the island of
Severndroog where his island fortress had been stationed.
His first mission was to sail the coast and attack
ships along the way, particularly those belonging to the English East India
Company. Angria used Bombay’s port as he attacked almost every ship that he came
across and took money from them. But staying true to a ransom deal that he had
made with the East India Company’s governor in 1712, he did not attack any
British ships for four years.
Over the next few years, he became more powerful
and he had accumulated more than twenty camps. In 1716, the new governor of
Britain started to attack his camps and he then started to fight back by
beginning to attack British ships. Word of the fighting had spread and hundreds
of pirates had come to help Angria fight off the British ships.
Angria died in 1729 and he left his pirate kingdom
to his two sons Sumbhaji and Mannaji. At first Sumbhaji had most of the control
and the two continued their father’s success despite the British ships that
continued to attack.
In 1743, Sumbhaji’s half-brother, Toolaji took over
the business and Toolaji became more aggressive in his attacks. But in the end,
the British won when they too, increased their armies and arranged an alliance
with the Hindu Maratha tribes. Every camp once commanded by Angria and later,
his sons, had been taken over by the British. Toolaji became a British prisoner
and all the wealth he had ever gained was sent to Bombay.
Because he proved so successful in his resistance
to British command, Kanhoji Angria is still remembered fondly as a national
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