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Textiles: supplying cloth to the world

Created: 05.09.11

The East India Company could not compete successfully for spices with its larger and more powerful Dutch rival. Instead, it bought high-quality cotton and silk from India, trading with local merchants and making deals with Indian rulers. The Company came to dominate the global textile trade in the 1700s. It made huge profits from this lucrative enterprise, transforming the nature and impact of its business, both in Britain and in India.

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