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Painting of a treaty between Britain and Bengal, 1765
(The British Library: Foster 29)
The British Library: Foster 29; painting of treaty between Britain and Bengal, 1765
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:
  • What is happening in this scene?
  • What impression does the painting give of the relationship between the British leader and the ruler of Bengal?
  • Is this impression correct or misleading (check the useful notes)?
  • Does this source provide any clues as to why the British became empire builders in India?
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