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Detail from map of India produced in 1857
(Catalogue ref: FO 925/2575 pt1 & pt2)
1a 1b 1b      
1a   1b   1c            
Catalogue ref: FO 925.2575 pt1, pt2; map of India, 1857
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Study this source carefully. Different parts of the source will contain clues about why the British became empire builders in India. As you study the source, ask yourself:
  • What information does this map provide about the rise of British power in India?
  • Have the British possessions been taken from Indian rulers or Europeans?
  • The map features developments like railways, along with trade routes and travelling times. What does this suggest about Britain's main interests in India?
  • What does this source suggest about the motives behind Britain building an empire in India?
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