1. IOW Tipu Sultan's first war against the British was suppressed by Governor-General Cornwallis (1786-93). Afterwards, Tipu tried again and had lost again by 1799. In this timeline, Tipu had been conclusively defeated and killed (and Mysore annexed) by Cornwallis and his young protégé, Wellesley, in a single war. The difference between the timelines is accounted for by the greater number of artillery pieces and advisors shipped to Mysore by France than IOW. Unembaressed by debt obligations from the American Revolution, France had more cash to promote anti-British mischief in India, and Tipu Sultan was the chief beneficiary of those efforts. Alas, Tipu's greater strength brought enhanced British resistance to his aims, and extinguished his kingdom prematurely.

(Return to Napoleon's Nail (Part 5).)

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