Chandannagar (shändĕrnägôrˈ) [key] or Chandernagore chŭnˌdərnəgôrˈ, city (1991 pop. 122,351), West Bengal state, E India, on the Hugli River, a suburb of Kolkata (Calcutta). Founded by the French in 1686, it was of great commercial importance until the 19th cent. It was ceded by France and became part of India in 1951.
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