British Colonialism In India

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The main reason for any imperialistic expedition is money. The want of economic pull in remote regions can almost guarantee a stable and strong economy for a nation. With this in mind, the United Kingdom branched across the globe, founding colonies in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. By the end of the 19th century, however, the UK was using colonies to seize raw materials that could fuel it’s rapidly growing industrial sector. Oil, tin, and rubber were in particularly high demand. The remote locations, and poor economic standing of the base countries, provided the industrial sector of the UK with cheap raw materials and lucrative avenues for investment in the countries beyond western civilization,hence India. Of course wealth, status and political power went together with progression of colonial empire. U.K could also exercise more control over global affairs, including trade negotiations. This influence would establish a permanent seat in any negotiation about territory, trade, or diplomatic policy. British imperialism on India had many positive and negative affects on both the mother country, Britain and the colony, India. In India British colonization had more positive affects than negative. For Instance, When the British colonized India they built 40,000 miles of rail road and 70,000 miles of paved roadway. As a result the British made it much easier to travel across India. Another good affect that the British had on India was the jump in agriculture, through large scale irrigation works. About 30 million acres were put into cultivation. Industrialization had also begun. Because of all these reasons almost no famine existed in British colonial India. The English also built many institutions in India and setup a productive government. "They have framed wise laws and have
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