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British East India Company document showing ships and trade in 1692
(Catalogue ref: CO 388/2 f41)
Catalogue ref: CO 388/2 f41; British East India Company document, 1692
How to use this source
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:
  • How many ships was the British East India Company sending out in 1692?
  • How many men were on the ships?
  • What does this source tell you about the East India Company and the trade with the East?
  • What does it tell historians about why the British became involved in India?
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