is a union territory
in the south of India
. Formerly a French colony
, it came under the rule of the Indian Government in 1954
and was organized as a union territory in 1963
It consists of four small unconnected parts: Pondicherry, Karaikal, and Yanam on the Bay of Bengal and Mahe on the Arabian Sea.
On January 16, 1761, the British captured Pondicherry from the French.
See also: French East India Company