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History of Kannur

History of Kannur
Kannur district, located in the northern part of Kerala state in India, has a rich and diverse history that dates back to ancient times. The region has been inhabited by various indigenous communities and has been a center of trade and commerce for centuries. 

In the 14th century, the region was ruled by the Kolathiri Rajas, who were patrons of art and culture, and built many magnificent temples and palaces in the region. 

In the 16th century, the Portuguese arrived in Kannur and established their first settlement in India. They built a fort in the region, which they called Fort St. Angelo, and used it as a base for their trade activities. The Dutch and the British also established their presence in the region in the following centuries. 

Kannur played a significant role in the Indian freedom struggle. The district was one of the strongholds of the Indian National Congress, and many prominent leaders like A.K. Gopalan was from the region. The district also witnessed several movements for social reform. 

In 1956, with the reorganization of Indian states on a linguistic basis, Kannur became part of the newly formed state of Kerala. Today, Kannur is a thriving commercial and cultural center, with a rich heritage that is reflected in its architecture, art, and cuisine. 

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