Imperialism And Imperialism

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Imperialism hurt the lives of the colonized people as new machinery boosted the growth of cash crops and under cut the local textile industry, putting local people out of business and reducing the food supply which lead to famine, resentment of religious repression and conversion lead to revolts such as the Sepoy Mutiny, and racism towards the colonised people led to wage inequality which resulted in unsafe working conditions as well as torture and mistreatment.
When British companies settled India, they brought new machinery that manufactured cheaper cloth, which under cut the local textile industry and put local artisans out of business, as well as boosted the farming of cotton, a cash crop, which reduced the food supply and lead to famine. Prior to British colonization, the people of India were self-sufficient. As they grew their own food and weaved their own textiles, the agriculture and textile industries played a large role in people’s lives. Most people’s primary occupation was farming, and they grew mostly food crops to provide for their villages. In Britain, the textile industry was rapidly growing in the wake of the Industrial Revolution. European countries competed for limited resources to fuel their growing economies, and sought new markets to which they could sell their goods. When the British came to India, they were seeking a supplier of raw materials. Looking to grow cash crops, crops that could be converted to cash quickly as they could be exported and sold
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