New Online Resource: East India Company

The Eat India House in London, 1800 (British Library)

In December 1600, Queen Elizabeth I granted the British East India Company a full monopoly on all trade with the East Indies and thus the East India Company quickly rose to become one of the most powerful companies in the Indian subcontinent. Under the East India Company, British rule in India continued to expand and the company commanded a private army aiding in colonizing efforts with both trade and military might. Official documents from the East India Company are now available online through the East India Company Module 1: Trade, Governance, and Empire, 1600-1947. The module includes East India Company foundational documents, royal charters, correspondence, trading diaries, minutes of council meetings, reports of expeditions, British laws relating to the company, and more. This is a great resource for those seeking primary source documents on the East India Company. 

The Module has a quick, helpful tutorial on how to navigate and use the database materials. The tutorial can be found on the main page. 

You can access East India Company Module 1: Trade Governance, and Empire, 1600-1947 here through IUCAT on or off campus with your IU login. 



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