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, Opiumand Rebellion what I found most interesting about this module due to the fact I never heard ofthe Opium War until now.From what I understand is, China was selling vast amounts of tea andporcelain to British merchants, but wouldn't accept trade goods in return, only cash. Cash at thattime meant silver coins and the trade imbalance was sucking all the silver coinage out ofcirculation in the Asia-Pacific area. For example in Australia, alcoholic spirits were used ascurrency (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 fortheir tea and porcelain. The British decided on opium, cheaply produced and easily shipped fromnearby India. Opium is a highly addictive drug, so quickly produces and expands its own marketonce introduced into an area. Chinese trade with foreigners was in the hands of merchants
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