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Name: Tina Wang(12 pts total)Objective:Identify the transformative event and explain why these events that led India tobecome part of the British Empire1. Vasco da GamaIn 1498, Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrived in Calicut, on the southwest coast of India, andbecame the first person to navigate a sea route from Europe to India, forever changing the world economy.Neither da Gama's proffered gifts nor his behavior (the Portuguese mistook the Hindus for Christians)impressed Calicut's leader, Saamoothirippadu (or Zamorin), and he refused to sign a trade treaty with theexplorer. However, da Gama's successful voyage established Lisbon as the center of Europe'sspicetrade, aposition Portugal would dominate for almost a century. In 1510, the Portuguese gained control of Goa, 400miles north of Cochin on India’s west coast, and made it the hub of their maritime activities in the region.Da Gama would return to India two more times—in 1502 to violently avenge the deaths of Portuguesetraders by bombarding Calicut, and as viceroy in 1524 to correct corruption among Portuguese authorities.On his last trip, da Gama died in Goa, where a town, Vasco, was named for him in 1543. In 1600, theBritishEast India Companywas chartered, and throughout the 17th century English, Dutch, and French traderstraveled this sea route and established posts in India's port cities.Identify the transformative event?
Give reasons why you think this event is transformative:
2. Mughal Empire
The empire's primary activities of war and expansion were supported by a strong central administrative andpolitical system fully developed underAkbar, the third Mughal emperor. Under Akbar's rule (1556-1605),the empire expanded north to Kabul and Kashmir, east to Bengal and Orissa, south to Gujarat andsouthwest to Rajasthan. Establishing himself as a spiritual as well as military and strategic leader, Akbarpromoted a policy of tolerance for all religions. His son, Jahangir (1605-27), and Jahangir's wife, Nur Jahan,who was highly influential in court politics, carried on Akbar's policies of centralized government andreligious tolerance.

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British Raj, Indian Rebellion of 1857, British East India Company

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