Vasco Da Gama British Influence

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Arriving in India in 1498, Vasco da Gama was a Portuguese explorer who had navigated the first European nautical path to India across a body of water. However, the British arrived later from Britain later in the early 1600’s, while utilizing the same paths used by Vasco da Gama. Led by Sir William Hawkins, Hector was the first British ship to anchor in India on August 24, 1608. Subsequently, trading ports were established in various cities by the British. Exerting power through numerous methods, the British influence and control in India increased to an extent that it was controlling many parts of the country. European states required raw materials and a market to sell and trade their commodities. At length, these imperative resources were lacking and were needed in sufficient quantities due principally the Industrial Revolution. Henceforth, these European states competed for industries and markets in Africa and Asia. With this in mind, Britain joined the scramble for countries to colonize. Accordingly, Britain 's reason for venturing into India was for trade. With this intention, British attempts to control and monopolize trade with India were successful, and the East India company was established in 1600.…show more content…
Specifically, India wasn’t a unified country, yet was composed of a plethora of states with distinct economies, politics, societies, and interests. Furthermore, these states were engaged in conflicts between each other. Consequently, India had a weakened assortment of resistance against external threats. Therefore, the British were able to usurp power and control of India without much struggle. Not only that, the British were more developed than the Indians in technology, and that technological gap only continued to widen throughout the impending Industrial Revolution in
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