Which one of the following was the immediate cause of the First Carnatic War?

(A) Anglo-French Rivalry
(B) Austrian War of Succession
(C) Issues of Carnatic Succession
(D) Capture of French ships by the British

Correct Answer : Capture of French ships by the British
Question Asked : MPPCS (Pre) 2008
Explanation : The first Carnatic War (1746-48) was an offshoot of the Anglo-French rivalry in the Austrian war of succession that took place in Europe in 1740. The British Captain Bennett captured some French ships which became the immediate cause of war. Nawab Anwaruddin sent an army of 10000 soldiers under the command of Mahfooz Khan to besiege the French in Madras during the first Carnatic War. The French Army (under command of Captain Paradise) defeated Nawab’s army at the Battle of St. Thome near Adyar river. Treaty of Aix-Le-Chapelle (18 Oct, 1748) ended the war of Austrian succession and with it first Carnatic war ended and Madras was repossesed by the Britishers again. The first Carnatic War is memorable for War of St. Thome.
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