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The Commutation Act of 1784 was introduced by William Pitt the Younger in response to the tea smuggling trade. Tea smuggling had been an extremely profitable enterprise due to the high rate of tax on tea. The Act reduced taxes from 119% to 12.5% which made legitimate sales of tea more lucrative for companies such as Twinings and for the British East India Company. It proved a success and it ended a hundred years of the tea smuggling trade.

Smuggling tea - reward poster tea was so prized in the UK that between 4 to million pounds were smuggled in annually

Details:This is a fishing village in early Singapore in 1800s. It is simple and serene. There are sampans along the river. There are houses behind. Background information: The orang lauts (sea people) live there and conducted their activities along the sea. (TB p. 62, 63) Inference: This tells me that people dwelled in Singapore before 1819 and they were mainly fishermen.

The First Resident of Singapore - History - 103 Meridian East, Singapore

Benches, Brighton Pier

The benches at Brighton pier, Matthew and Jake sat, waiting for their mother.

Port of #Bristol Plague Warning notice

Port of Plague Warning notice

Development plan featuring a classical landscape mural for a swimming pool room - Custom Tiling Projects

We offer traditional delft style but we are able to produce more contemporary panels for modern room situations in our hand painted tile murals.

The East India trading company, founded in the late 16th Century was given exclusive rights to trade with India and the far east by Queen Elizabeth.  East India Company ships, known as East Indiamen, were the largest of their time and were described as 'the aristocrats of the navy'.

Established in the East India Company was one of Britain's most prominent imperialistic entities in Asia

William Frederick Ritschel (American, 1864-1949) In the Silence of the Night oil on canvas 30 X 36 in.

thusreluctant: William Frederick Ritschel (American, In the silence of the night. Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.

Sir James Rivett-Carnac (1785–1846), Bt, Director of the East India Company (1827), Governor of Bombay (1838–1841)

Portrait of Sir James Rivett-Carnac Bt, Director of the East India Company Governor of Bombay c. 1840 by Henry William Pickersgill (British