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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

The East India Company and Religion, 1698-1858 (Worlds of the East India Company) by Penelope Carson.

The East India Company and Religion, (Worlds of the East India Company) by Penelope Carson.

transformed from a hundred and seventy six year old English 1840 East India Company {British ruled India} coin into this one of a kind, richly

March 20, 1602: The Dutch East India Company is founded.    The Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-indische Compagnie) was founded through the sponsorship of the Dutch government, who granted it a monopoly over trade in the East Indies through a charter that was set to expire after twenty-one years. The company could, through this charter, build forts and conduct military and diplomatic activities in the area, which would help to protect and direct Dutch trade in the East Indies

The Dutch East India Co. was richer and more powerful compared to the English East India Co., which resulted in Dutch East India Co. becoming dominant over Asian trade routes.

Portrait of an officer of an East India Company Rifle Regiment, signed on the back W. Melville pinxit 1846, Simla.

Portrait of an officer of an East India Company Rifle Regiment, signed on the…

East India Trading Company Flag by The Artwork Factory at Gilt

Age of Atlantic Exploration: East India Trading Company Flag by The Artwork Factory at Gilt

The British East India Trading Company Logo    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YPR3sCE9dhs/T146eyLydiI/AAAAAAAABbU/qyVh54TvmLo/s1600/beitc-emblem.jpg

Could incorporate an "East India Trading Company" theme to also sell British teas such as Earl Grey and coffee, etc. Specialty would remain chai though.

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

Sir James Rivett-Carnac Bt, Director of the East India Company Governor of Bombay by Henry Pickersgill/ Cm/ Circa Location : British Library

From the Untold Lives BLog post 'Researching Untold Lives' Image: European lady and her family, attended by an ayah. From The costume and customs of modern India (London, c.1824)

European lady and her family, attended by an ayah. From The costume and customs of modern India (London,

El hallazgo del Encarnación, de la flota de 1681: la historia perdida, frágil bajo el mar-Uno de los cañones hallados en los barcos de Henry Morgan /Kingston Images

El hallazgo del Encarnación, de la flota de 1681: la historia perdida, frágil bajo el mar

El hallazgo del Encarnación, de la flota de 1681: la historia perdida, frágil bajo el mar-Uno de los cañones hallados en los barcos de Henry Morgan /Kingston Images

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