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Trade with China

  • The history of opium was linked with the story of British trade with China.
  • East India Company was buying Tea and Silk from China.


  • Tea became a popular drink in England.
  • In 1785, about 15 million pounds of tea was imported into England.
  • But England was producing nothing that could be sold in China.
  • Even the Chinese ruler was unwilling to allow the entry of foreign goods.

Shipments of Tea

  • The British could buy tea only by paying in silver coins, which they were not willing to do.
  • They searched for a commodity that they could sell in China.

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