How did the British take control of India?

How did the British take control of India?

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  • British East India Company Est. 1599
  • The East India Company was founded in England in 1599 and soon began building trading warehouses in India.
  • India wasn't a united country and there were many small states. The EIC sometimes asked for perms. to trade but sometimes didn't.
  • May we trade?
  • At the same time, the French had their own EIC and sparked a war between France and Britain in 1700.
  • In 1757 Robert Clive persuaded an Indian general to fight with him and overthrow Siraj-ud-Daula the ruler of Bengal. The battle was won and Siraj-ud-Daula was captured and killed. This gave Britain control over Bengal.
  • Robert Clive was treated as a hero in England. He was sent back in 1765 and slowly took over India bit by bit and defeated the French.
  • By the 1850s, the British ruled about 60% of India. The British banned traditional Indian ceremonies. Some people in India disliked British rule.
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