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Indian Princely State (17 guns)

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[Cochin] by Jorge Candeias

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Some facts

17 guns
1931 area 1,417 square miles
1931 population 1,205,000
Ed Haynes, 3 April 1996

Cochin Region was a former state, SW India, on Malabar Coast; merged 1949 with Travancore forming state of Travancore and Cochin, which became in 1956 part of new state of Kerala; area 1493 square miles; capital Ernakulam. Title: Rajah.

History (mainly of Cochin-city): Portuguese factory founded by Vasco da Gama 1502; fort built by Albuquerque 1503, first European fort in India; British settled 1635 but forced out by Dutch 1663, under whom town became important trade center; came under sovereignty of Haidar Ali 1776 but was surrendered by his son Tipu Sahib to the British 1791; occupied by British 1795 and fortifications destroyed; formally ceded by Dutch 1814. Burial place of Albuquerque. Present name: Kochi.
Jarig Bakker, 11 November 1998

Keralan nationalists resisted inclusion in India and attempted to declare the region independent in August 1947. Nations Without States calls a horizontal tricolor of red, yellow and turquoise "the Keralan national flag, the traditional flag of the state."
Ned Smith, 10 March 2001

The flag is also shown on Wikipedia, although the colors are a bit different. Also shown there is a "flag" labeled "The logo of the Perumbadapu swaroopam," that being the royal house that ruled over Kochi.
Eugene Ipavec, 12 November 2007

Cochin Red Ensign

[Cochin Red Ensign] by Blas Delgado Ortiz

Flag based on image by Ziggioto (1998) - no information on the colour of the badge.  It might be black and white.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 2 December 2002