British empire

British empire

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  • In 1599, the East India Company  was founded in England and soon began building trading warehouse in India. 
  • Ok, we will be friends and we will share our goods
  • Lets just be friends, we can share our goods
  • At this time India was not a united country. There were many small states, each with its own ruler. The East India Company asked for permission to trade with other states but sometimes it did not.
  • Can we trade goods?
  • Yes we can.
  • The French also had their own East Inia Company competition between the British. In 1700 the armies were dragged into the conflict.
  • The British agreed to help any Indian ruler who would help them trade and they would defeat any ruler who blocked their trade.
  • We need help!!
  • We will help you
  • In 1757, Robert Clive persuaded an Indian general to fight with him and overthrow Siraj-Ud-Daula the ruler of Bengal.
  • The war was a success and Siraja-Ud-Daula was captured and killed. This gave the British control of Bengal.
  • You know that we took over Bengal
  • Really, that is some good news
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