Essay1 - Hoover 1 James Hoover Dr Cynthia Fillmore English 120 19 February 2017 Opium Wars and the Devastation of the Poppy Velvet red bright orange

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Hoover 1James HooverDr. Cynthia FillmoreEnglish 12019 February 2017Opium Wars and the Devastation of the PoppyVelvet red, bright orange, sunny yellow; these colors are typically used to create blissful sceneries and images. When these colors are then associated with something as innocent as a flower, that feeling of happiness is even more felt. There is one flower however, that has all of these beautiful traits, but beneath its colorful hues, the poppy contains a much more sinister presence and an even more destructive past. With the help of the East India Company, the poppy plant has brought forth conflict, poverty, and egregious addiction during and after the Opium Wars in China.Great Britain, although being a global superpower during the 19thcentury, was incurring aloss of revenue with their trade among the recluse Chinese Empire in the mid-19thcentury. To combat this loss of revenue, The East India Company; a British founded trading organization, decided that it would begin manufacturing opium to profit off of the Chinese once again. The poppy flower had already been known to the Chinese to cause severe damage to its people, and for this reason, opium was a banned substance throughout China. “While the trade in opium was not placed under international regulation until 1912, and was at the time routine practice engaged

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