In 1640 the British fought off the /dutch, Danes and the French to lay claim of this area. The french however remained in the Pondicherry part. Chennai always attracted seafarers, spice traders and cloth merchants. The museum and the Kapaleeshwarar Temple and Fort St George are areas of interest to visit. From Chennai begins your southern journey to understanding the state of Tamil Nadu. Most all temples in this state are huge fortified structures. Its the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu.