Indian cannon making

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Ad Honorem
May 2016
4,905
Portugal
#4
Every kingdom worth the name. I suppose others bought them from friendly kingdoms or with whom they had family relations.
This article by Sanjay Subrahmanyam is in Portuguese (it’s a translation from an original in English), and as natural it has bibliography also in English, and studies the impact of fire weapons (including cannons) in the South of India, and maybe can help you:

https://revistas.ufpr.br/historia/article/viewFile/7947/5591

About Calicut in 1498 Sanjay Subrahmanyam says:

“Contudo, entre aquela data e 1498, quando os portugueses chegaram em Calicut, na costa ocidental da Índia, nem canhão nem armas de fogo menores (particularmente arcabuz e mosquete) faziam parte do arsenal indiano. Esta situação modifica-se de forma considerável durante o primeiro século da presença portuguesa na Índia. Assim, no final do século XVI, canhões passam a ser encontrados nos arsenais de todo grande governante do sul da Índia.” P. 133

Google translation:

"However, between that date and 1498, when the Portuguese arrived in Calicut, on the west coast of India, neither cannon nor smaller firearms (particularly arquebus and musket) were part of the Indian armory. This situation has changed considerably during the first century of the Portuguese presence in India. Thus, at the end of the sixteenth century, cannons are found in the arsenals of every great ruler of South India."
 
Jun 2016
1,541
Oregon
#7
Yes I did some research on this and didn't find anything so I thought I'd go ask the experts. I write books set in 1830's India and I need some 'observations' for a British and local Indian artillery officer to observe and share about a Maharajah's eclectic collection of Indian made cannons.
 
Oct 2015
998
India
#8
The cannon was used in India definitely before arrival of Babur (1526 CE), i.e. the first Mughal Emperor.

I had an article on the specific topic but unable to locate it now. Delving into following links may help:


[1] CivFanatic, who is a member in our forum, has some posts in another forum on the subject:

https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...wder-and-warfare-in-india-c-1450-1600.849588/

[2] On manufacturing techniques:

https://www.insa.nic.in/writereaddata/UpLoadedFiles/IJHS/Vol46_4_8_PPDeshpande.pdf

[3] Bala's book:

see contents here: https://www.exoticindiaart.com/book/details/saga-of-indian-cannons-IDK189/

buy here: https://www.amazon.in/Saga-Indian-Cannons-R-Balasubramaniam/dp/8173053391
 
Jun 2016
1,541
Oregon
#9
The cannon was used in India definitely before arrival of Babur (1526 CE), i.e. the first Mughal Emperor.

I had an article on the specific topic but unable to locate it now. Delving into following links may help:


[1] CivFanatic, who is a member in our forum, has some posts in another forum on the subject:

https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...wder-and-warfare-in-india-c-1450-1600.849588/

[2] On manufacturing techniques:

https://www.insa.nic.in/writereaddata/UpLoadedFiles/IJHS/Vol46_4_8_PPDeshpande.pdf

[3] Bala's book:

see contents here: The Saga of Indian Cannons

buy here: https://www.amazon.in/Saga-Indian-Cannons-R-Balasubramaniam/dp/8173053391
Thank you for the very detailed answer!
 

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