The Carnatic region in south India witnessed the initial struggle of the British and French for power. Rivalry between Chanda Sahib and Mohammed Ali to be nawab of Arcot became entangled with rivalry between the English and French East India Companies. The French backed Chanda Sahib, the English Mohammed Ali. In 1760, the English won a decisive victory at the battle of Wandewash. However, English hegemony was challenged by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan of Mysore, and south India was not fully secured by the British until Wellesley's (Wellington) victory over Tipu in 1799.
Subjects: British History.