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Against the British

Jigme Namgyel did not only fight against enemies from the inside, but he also fought battles against the British colonial power at Bhutan's border to India. Originally the relationship between Great Britain and Bhutan were friendly, but this changed quickly when the Bhutanese occupied the so-called Duars, a fertile strip of land at their southern border.

 

When Jigme Namgyel reacted very negatively to diplomatic calls to give back that area, the British sent in their troops. While Jigme Namgyel could decide the first two encounters against the better equipped British army for himself, he knew very well that he could not keep up this resistance for a long time.

 

 

After peace negotiations, the area was returned in 1865 and, in turn, the British committed themselves to annual contributions for Bhutan. This re-established the friendly relations.

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A drawing with Bhutanese weapons appeared in the »Illustrated London News« on the 24th of June, 1865.
Picture taken from Michael Aris: »The Raven Crown«


A drawing with Bhutanese weapons appeared in the »Illustrated London News« on the 24th of June, 1865.
Picture taken from Michael Aris: »The Raven Crown«


A drawing with Bhutanese weapons appeared in the »Illustrated London News« on the 24th of June, 1865.
Picture taken from Michael Aris: »The Raven Crown«


A drawing with Bhutanese weapons appeared in the »Illustrated London News« on the 24th of June, 1865.
Picture taken from Michael Aris: »The Raven Crown«


Silver, iron, animal skin; length 80 cm; on loan from a private collection
Until the beginning of the 20th century swords like this one were used as battle weapons by aristocratic, high-ranking officers. Today, only political dignitaries carry swords on official occasions. Pieces of this quality have been handed down from father to son for generations.