Recruitment of Troops in India


This is a British government forecast of Indian troops available for service in the British army elsewhere in the world. At the time, Tipu Sultan was still resisting the British, and Lieutenant Campbell points out that fewer soldiers will be available if Tipu has not been defeated within the year. Note that here 'Lascars' is used to describe soldiers. In other contexts, particularly in Britain itself, the term usually referred to Indian sailors.

CO 77/26, ff. 10-11 (March 1791)

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