The Second Anglo–Mysore War (1779–1784) was a conflict in Mughal India between the Kingdom of Mysore and the British East India Company. At the time, Mysore was a key French ally in India, and the Franco–British conflict raging on account of the American Revolutionary War helped spark Anglo–Mysorean hostilities in India. The company's operations were bolstered by Crown troops sent from Britain, and by troops sent from Hanover, which was also ruled by King George III.
Following the British seizure of the French port of Mahé in 1779, Mysorean ruler Hyder Ali opened hostilities against the British in 1780, with significant success in early campaigns. As the war progressed, the British recovered some territorial losses. Both France and Britain sent troops and naval squadrons from Europe to assist in the war effort, which widened later in 1780 when Britain declared war on the Dutch Republic. In 1783 news of a preliminary peace between France and Britain reached India, resulting in the withdrawal of French support from the Mysorean war effort. The British consequently also sought to end the conflict with Mysore, and the British government ordered the Company to secure peace with Mysore. This resulted in the 1784 Treaty of Mangalore, restoring the status quo antebellum under terms company officials such as Warren Hastings found extremely unfavourable.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.