Module 5 Reflection - I have always been intrigued by history and by Wars throughout history However Opium and Rebellion what I found most interesting

Module 5 Reflection - I have always been intrigued by...

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I have always been intrigued by history and by Wars throughout history. However, Opium and Rebellion what I found most interesting about this module due to the fact I never heard of the Opium War until now. From what I understand is, China was selling vast amounts of tea and porcelain to British merchants, but wouldn't accept trade goods in return, only cash. Cash at that time meant silver coins and the trade imbalance was sucking all the silver coinage out of circulation in the Asia-Pacific area. For example in Australia, alcoholic spirits were used as currency (which caused problems of its own) due to a lack of ready cash. The British thus needed to find a trade good that the Chinese would accept in return for their tea and porcelain. The British decided on opium, cheaply produced and easily shipped from nearby India. Opium is a highly addictive drug, so quickly produces and expands its own market once introduced into an area. Chinese trade with foreigners was in the hands of merchants licensed by the government, known as Hongs. Soon, the Hongs were more than willing to accept

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