Founded at the dawn of the 17th century as European nations were establishing global empires, the English East India Company would become a vital part of burgeoning British supremacy. Begun as a joint-stock company for trade with the East Indies, this organization would evolve into one of the world's first capitalistic corporations.
Inside you will hear about....
Founding of the East India Company
Struggling, Building, and Growing with Violence
The East India Company Enters the 18th Century
The British Government Steps In
China and the Opium Trade
The 19th Century and Growing British Involvement
The End of the East India Company
Over the course of their 250+ years, they've built a global trading empire, raised an army and waged war, and conquered vast territory, including the entire subcontinent of India. Without their involvement, the British presence in India would look very different in the historical record. Though the company was dissolved by 1874, their influence on world history cannot be overstated.
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