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The East India Trade Company

The East India Trade Company

In 1600 The East India Trade Company was established.  Its primary purpose was to establish trade routes with India, because of their fine textiles and spices. The company dealt with a lot of politics between the crown and parliament, and over the course of their history they changed hands a few times. Regardless, they significantly impacted the development of not just India, but also Western Europe, China, and the United States.

In the United States, the East India Trade Company played a significant part in history. Their ships, the Beaver, the Dartmouth, and the Eleanor carried 240 chests of Bohea, 60 chests of Singlo, 15 chests of Congou, 15 chests of Hyson, and 10 chests of Souchong to America. On December 16th, 1773 the East India Trade Company lost its shipment of tea, as thousands of Americans traveled from near and far to participate in the Boston Tea Party. The significance of this event is that it eventually led to the revolutionary war, and the United States independence from Britain.

 The East India Trade company also had significant presence in India.  As their government became weaker, it gave the English Queen the opportunity to step into a controlling position. They were constantly at odds with France, which was also heavily invested in trade with India. However, the East India Trading company was able to amass about 200,000 troops, and that solidified their position in India.

Spanning almost 273 years, and being involved in trade with many of the major countries at that time, the East India Trading Company played a part in many historical events. In addition to their involvement in the Boston Tea Party, they were also heavily influential in events leading up to the Opium Wars between India and China. Playing such a significant role in history made them a name for the books, and one that will not be soon forgotten. 


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