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  • THe East Indian company was found in England in1599 and soon began building trading warehouses in India
  • OI! Get back to work, or you'll be cleaning the boats!
  • At this time India was not a united country. There were many small states, each with its own ruler. The east India company sometimes asked for permission to trade in Indian states but sometimes it didn't work
  • At the same time, the French had their own East India company competition between the british snd the French was fierce. in 1700 it escalated into a full scale war and the enemies were dragged into the conflict. 
  • The British agreed that they would help any Indian ruler who would help them trade and they would defeat any ruler who blocked their trade
  • In 1757 Robert Clive persuaded an Indian general to fight with him and over through Sir-ud-ud Daula the ruler of Bengal. The battle was won and Sraj-ud-Daula was captured and killed. This gave the British control of Bengal
  • Robert Clive was treated like a hero in England. In 1765 he was sent back to India to rule over Bengal. From then on he took more and more Indian states under British control. The French were soon defeated and pushed out of India. By 1850 the British ruled about 60% of India. The British banned traditional Indian ceremonies and wanted India to use the British education system. Some people in India disliked the British rule.
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