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A description of the East India Company and its origins in the growth of the British Empire. We see a map that links the two countries and gives details about trade. We then hear an account from the point of view of Sake Deen Mohamed, the Indian owner of the Oriental Baths in Brighton. A grand farmhouse built for George IV in Brighton in an Indian style is also shown, and this was considered the height of fashion in Britain at the time.
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25 May 2007

Classroom Ideas

A good case study to demonstrate the success of Indians in Britain as well as the British in India. The children could explore if this was something that happened to most Indians or was an isolated case. How did most Indian people feel about British colonisation? Children could draw maps detailing trade routes with India and research the East India Company.