Why did the British come to India as traders? Give three reasons.
Some of the important reasons why the British came to India:
- Indian commodities such as spices, silk, cotton and sandal were in great demand in the European markets. Trade in these commodities was extremely profitable.
- The Industrial Revolution had given a major boost to the British manufacturing and trade sectors. Soon, the domestic markets in Britain were saturated. As a result, the British producers felt the need for overseas markets.
- The British had seen the prosperity gained by Arab, Italian, Spanish and Dutch traders gained through their trade contacts with India and China and other parts of the world.
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