The Impact of the British Empire in India Essay

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For better or for worse, Britain has had a lasting effect on India. India became a part of the British Empire in the 1876 but gained its independence in 1947. The East India Trading Company first managed India. After the failure of the first voyage to India by William Hawkins, it appeared that business could not be conducted there. However, things improved and the East India Trading Company expanded into India. Over the years, many achievements were made and records were set, and there were many successes and failures on both sides. But which one was the most crucial? And how did it all end? Thomas Coryate was one of the first British men to travel across India. He was originally a jester in the court of King James I before he set off…show more content…
There is a statue of him in Bristol – where he died. Roy became famous because he was the man that campaigned to stop the Hindu tradition of ‘Sati,’ (also known as Sutee) when wives commit suicide on behalf of their dead husband. After Roy saw his sister-in-law do this, he appealed to the British Governor and the General of India, who then abolished this ancient tradition throughout the whole of India in 1829. At the time, this act made the Indians very angry. They felt hurt that a tradition that had been around for centuries had been banned. They also felt betrayed by their own person. Modern Indians think differently. They thank Rammohan Roy for saving the lives of their female ancestors. They believe he was a great reformer. This shows that the British had quite a big impact on India because it was the first time that the British had interfered with Indian customs and changed one. On the positive side, it stopped many wives committing suicide. It was a turning point of the history of British rule in India. A big change that the British made to India was marriage. It was common for a British man to have some Indian wives as well as an English one. The Indians called the English wife of the man 'The Memsahib.' This shows that the relationships between the British and the Indian was good because they accepted each other’s customs and traditions, for example, differences in
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