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Trade that the British East India Company was involved in, 1814-35
(Figures from Parliamentary papers for 1840)
2a 2b 2c
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Year

Exports of Indian calico and muslin to Britain

Exports of Indian dyed cotton to Britain

Exports of plain British cotton to India

Exports of dyed British cotton to India

Total cloths sent to Britain from India

Total cloths sent to India from Britain

1814

967,652

298,596

213,408

604,800

1,266,608

818,200

1821

275,352

259,143

9,423,352

9,715,374

534,495

19,138,726

1828

203,848

218,656

30,411,857

12,410,220

422,504

42,822,077

1835

   

39,459,172

12,318,105

306,086

51,777,277

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