Negative Impact Of British Imperialism

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More than 40 million people died in India during British imperialism.The East India Company is a company that is ruled by the British, but the people serving are Indians. In 1757 the East India Company troops won over India at the Battle of Plassey. From then they ruled India. In the 19th century the company still ruled but the British provided them with an army. They wanted India for its raw materials and was known as the Britishes “jewel in the crown”. From then on British started setting up rules and regulations for India. The British ruling lead a unfair government, poverty to many, millions of deaths, and conflicts with languages. British imperialism had a negative impact on the politics of India because of the unfair ruling/structure…show more content…
The British built 10,000 miles of railroad track and 136,000 bridges (Lalvani). However, these railroads were not used to help Indians, railroads were used to extract the crops of India and force Indians to buy goods from England (Shaw). The Britons were also paid 20 times more than the Indians (Gandhi) so when the Indians got all their goods taken away, they couldn't buy them back because they didn't make much money, which then forced them into poverty. Also, the British said they made sure endangered species were protected and that national parks were opened (Lalvani). A British quest for valuable wood led to the falling of economically profitable forests (Doc 7). They would go and chop forests down, sell that wood, then make money off of it (Doc 7). They would then use that ground to make more cash crops then leave that soil unusable for other crops (Doc 7). That led to the destruction of many forests, homes for animals, and wasted land. Because of the railroads taking Indian crops and the destruction of the land and environment, the economic impacts were negative for the
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