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Extract from a letter written by a British official in 1785 about the island of Diego Garcia
(Catalogue ref: FO 148/6 no.1)
Catalogue ref: FO 148/6 no1; letter about island of Diego Garcia, 1785
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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 instructions are being sent to Bombay from Britain?
  • Why do you think the British would want to control the island of Diego Garcia?
  • Does this source provide any clues as to why the British became empire builders in India?
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