How did the British start exporting opium to China?

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How did the British start exporting opium to China?
Answer:

  • When the British conquered Bengal, they made a determined effort to produce opium in the lands under their control.
  • As the market for opium expanded in China, larger volumes of opium flowed out of Bengal ports.
  • Before 1767, no more than 500 chests of tea were being exported from India.
  • Within four years, the quantity tripled.
  • A hundred years later, in 1870, the government was exporting about 50,000 chests annually.