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The Expanding British Empire in India

The Expanding British Empire in India
Key Info
  • The Expanding British Empire in India
  • Duration: 03:46
  • 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, as this was considered the height of fashion in Britain at the time due to the interest in British expansion. This clip has subtitles available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Social History and Change

  • Keywords: Britain, Empire, East India Company, colonisation, trade, trade routes, expansion, black history, black britons, subtitled
Ideas for use in class
  • 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.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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