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Wall painting from the head offices of the British East India Company, 1778
(The British Library: Foster 245, Roma Spiridione, 'The East offering its riches to Britannia')
The British Library: Foster 245; painting from British East India Company head office, 1778
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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:
  • Can spot the various features of the painting that are outlined in the useful notes?
  • Can you explain which aspects of the painting show Britain as strong?
  • Which parts of the painting show Britain as kind?
  • Does this source provide any clues as to why the British became empire builders in India?
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