National Maritime Museum
|Key Stage||Key Stage 3|
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The aim of these resources is to allow you to assess a key question:
How did the East India Company change people’s lives in Britain and Asia?
To do this you will be investigating a range of evidence and then putting this together to write a final answer.
Section one – Background
Read through the background information in this document. At the end there are 5 knowledge-based questions to answer based on what you have just read. The answers are all in the document so you just have to find them.
Section two – Investigation
You will be investigating different aspects of the East India Company and the impacts that it had around the world. This is a highly controversial company with histories of involvement in slavery and exploitation, who controlled a country and changed the world forever.
The East India company relied on people in Asia, most of their soldiers were from India and skilled craftspeople were also essential to the companies success. One of these people was Jamsetjee Bomanjee Wadia.
In 1857 a huge rebellion against the power of the East India Company with incidents of exceptional violence and cruelty committed by both sides. When the British retook settlements in some cases thousands were killed and savage reprisals took place. The British army regained control and the British government took direct control of India. Queen Victoria was declared Empress.
Write a newspaper article on how the East India Company changed lives in Britain and Asia. Imagine you are writing for people who have not studied this so you will need to explain clearly and include your evidence.
You can use Point Evidence Explain to structure your answer
- What point do you want to make
- What evidence do you have to support this
- Explain what this evidence proves
You can then repeat this for each point you would like to make.