British East India Company

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British East India Company

One of the world's oldest joint stock companies, founded in 1600. A British company, it traded cotton, silk, opium and other products with India, China and Southeast Asia. It received a number of legal privileges from the British government, and eventually came to rule large parts of India until the mid-19th century.
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