The ‘Tree of Liberty’ at Srirangapatanam was planted by “Tipu Sultan” on May 15, 1797.
The story behind this is, he was very much fascinated by
and wanted to send one of the sons to France for Higher Studies. So, for that, he approached a Frenchman station in Srirangapatanam and has been advised that let his son learn French first then send him to study their which will be easy for his son to learn things easily. So, he was very much fond of French and also one of the founder members of the ‘Jacobian Club’ of Srirangapatnam
As the little-known fact that Jacobian Club of Mysore was the well known first ‘Revolutionary Republican’
organization which has been formed in India
. The organization was founded in 1794
by the French Republican officers and pursuing the support from Tipu Sultan. After that, on May 14, 1794, the
was raised in a formal ceremony and Tipu sultan received a small French delegation formally. He has been named as the ‘Citizen Prince’ by the organization. As a result, the Citizen Prince ordered
a salute of 2,300 Canons, and 500 Mysore Rockets to launch
. A ‘Tree of Liberty’ was planted in the
Mysore Palace at Srirangapatanam
. Then, the Francis Ripauld was elected the President Citizen as well as, they declare their hatred for all the kings of that time except Citizen Tipu as well as dedicated their loyalty to the Republic.
Tipu Sultan died in the fourth Anglo-Mysore War in 1799,
which was fought between Tipu Sultan and
. After his death, the British restored the ‘Odayar Dynasty’ in Mysore, and appointed the child who belonged to that dynasty as the King of the Mysore. And after death,
Tipu Sultan was named as ‘Citizen Tipu’. Tipu remains the one and only King of India who was a member of the Jacobian Club.