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East India Co
The Honorable East India Company was formed by Royal Charter in 1600 and had a monopoly on trade in the east. Constantly warring with the Dutch United East India Company over precious trade goods and routes. Monopoly lasted until 1833 but the company remained as civil administrators in India until 1858. Had their own shipyards in England - hence the term East Indiaman - for their large (and armed) cargo ships. Major bases in Surat, Bombay, Bengal and Madras.

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