Bust of Suffren by Jean-Antoine Houdon
Suffren meeting with Hyder Ali on 26 July 1782. Engraving by Jean-Baptiste Morret, 1789.

He coordinated his operations with Pierre André de Suffren and fought against the British during the Indian campaigns of the American War of Independence.

- Marquis de Bussy-Castelnau

The island had been selected as the base for French operations in the Indian Ocean, falling under the overall command of Marquis de Bussy-Castelnau.

- Pierre André de Suffren
Bust of Suffren by Jean-Antoine Houdon

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A 1790's steel engraving or Hyder Ali

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Hyder Ali, Haidarālī (c.

Hyder Ali, Haidarālī (c.

A 1790's steel engraving or Hyder Ali
Hyder Ali as a young soldier.
The dominions of the Kingdom Of Mysore ruled by Hyder Ali, in the year 1780.
Lal Bagh Gardens of Bangalore were originally laid out by Hyder Ali and were modelled on Mughal and French gardening techniques.
Hyder Ali in 1762, incorrectly described as the head of his army in the war against the British in India. (French painting)
Map of India in 1765 showing territories loyal to the Marathas in (Yellow); and the territories of those loyal to the Great Mogul in (Green), which includes Mysore.
Krishnagiri Fort was besieged in the first Anglo-Mysore war in 1768, and finally surrendered to the English, who held it briefly
Asaf Jah II opposed the East India Company in 1766, and initially allied himself with Hyder Ali during the First Anglo-Mysore War, particularly during the Battle of Chengam, then Battle of Rakshasbhuvan, but later abandoned (in 1768) and later intervened in favor of Mysore during the Battle of Kharda in 1795.
Hyder Ali's melee forces in battle.
Theater map for the First and the Second Anglo-Mysore Wars
Baillie surrenders to Hyder Ali.
Tomb of Hyder Ali.
French Admiral Suffren meeting with Hyder Ali in 1782, J.B. Morret engraving, 1789.
The Mysore rockets utilised effectively during the Anglo-Mysore Wars, and were later updated by the British into the Congreve rockets, which were successively employed during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812.
Hyder Ali as 'The Pretended Fakir' (1894), from The Surgeon's Daughter by Sir Walter Scott (1827).
Seal of Mysore.
The flag of the Sultanate of Mysore at the entrance into the fort of Bangalore.
A British illustration of Sayed Sahib leading Hyder Ali's forces during the Siege of Cuddalore.
The Battle of Pollilur, where the forces of Hyder Ali effectively used Mysorean rockets and Rocket artillery against closely massed East India Company troops.
Pierre André de Suffren ally of Hyder Ali.
Marquis de Bussy-Castelnau ally of Hyder Ali.
French Admiral Suffren (with the support of Hyder Ali) comes to the aid of Reynier van Vlissingen's Dutch forces against the Admiral Edward Hughes.

The fort was held by Muzaffar Jung's forces and the siege was conducted by the Marquis de Bussy.

At this time he had a celebrated meeting with the French Admiral Suffren, and the allies agreed on a plan to establish Cuddalore as a French base.