Andaman and Nicobar Islands were first inhabited by the tribal people of the islands, the archaeological evidence dates back to 2200 years. Andamanese people may have been isolated from other populations during the Middle Paleolithic, which ended 30,000 years ago. Since that time, the Andamanese have diversified into linguistically and culturally distinct, territorial groups. This history of the island isn’t a pleasant one, it was a sorrowful one where the innocent people were tortured and killed mercilessly. There are a total of 6 tribes still dwelling in the islands and they do not come in contact with the rest of the world.
The famous Battle of Aberdeen took place in Port Blair that was fought between the native Andamanese and the British. The islands were captured by the Marathas and the Cholas for a while before the British took control over the islands and exercised their rule on the islands until independence. The Japanese too has occupied the island forcefully during World War II and moved out later.
Post-independence in 1947 the beautiful islands were formed into a union territory of India and Port Blair was made the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands of them officially. Slowly people from all over India began settling down in the islands and start living there and the tribal people moved to the remotest areas of the island avoiding the contact of the other people. People from Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, etc, have moved down to the islands. The people on the island live together in peace and harmony without any discrimination based on caste, religion or language. The tourism industry in the beautiful has developed well over the years.
Historical Places to Visit in Port Blair
The top historical places to visit in Port Blair are Cellular Jail, Viper Island, Ross Island (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island), Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex where the battle of Aberdeen took place.