February 21, 2017

Homework Help: Geography

Posted by mysterychicken on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 12:55pm.

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52. Do you think that the British influence in India was positive or negative? Explain your answer

The British influence in India was both positive and negative, but I think it was more negative.
The British established an empire in India in order to take advantage of resources and to find a market for their goods.
India had a flourishing textile industry; Indians were one of the first people to grow cotton. The British wanted to use India as a market for their own cheaper, machine-made textiles. They imported raw cotton from India, made it into cloth, and shipped the finished product back to India for sale. Because of this, many Indians lost their jobs.
The British also didn’t treat the Indians as equals. They took higher positions of power and the Indians had to stay at a lower level. This angered them.

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