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Port Blair is the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and lies on the east coast of South Andaman Island. It has a ferry port for connections to Kolkata, Chennai and the other islands in the group, and a small airport with flights to Kolkata and Chennai.
It was first established in 1789 as a penal colony on Chatham Island (just to the north of the present town), and was named Port Blair after Lieutenant Archibald Blair of the British East India Company. However after two years the colony moved to North Andaman Island where it settled at Port Cornwallis, and it ceased to operate in 1796 due to disease and death.
Port Blair was re-established in 1857, after the Mutiny/War of Independance made the housing of large numbers of political prisoners a necessity. Originally on Viper Island (named for Blair's ship The Viper), an penal establishment was then set up on Ross Island in the 1860s, and this became the Administrative Headquarters for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands until an earthquake in 1941.
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