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Midnapore is notable for its contribution in the history of Indian freedom movement since it has produced many martyrs.
During the British Raj, the city became a centre of revolutionary activities, such as the Santal Revolt (1766–1767) and the Chuar Revolt (1799).
The district of Midnapore which included Dhalbhum or Ghatshila, now in Singhbhum, Jharkhand was annexed in 1760 along with Burdwan and Chittagong both handed over to the East India Company by Mir Qasim.
One account claims that Medinipur was named after a local deity "Medinimata" (literally "mother of the world", a Shakti incarnation).
Midnapore (Pron: med̪iːniːpur) is the district headquarters of Paschim Medinipur district of the Indian state of West Bengal.
It is situated on the banks of the Kangsabati River (variously known as Kasai and Cossye).
are being excavated throughout the West Midnapore district.
In ancient times the region seems to be highly influenced by Jainism and Buddhism.