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The British East India Company and the spread of English in Asia

British East India Company

Strongly encouraged by the expertise reached after the circumnavigation of the Cape of Good Hope performed by Bartolomeu Dias in 14871 and increasingly eager to discover new alternative commercial routes to the traditional ones such as the famous Silk Road2, the first Europian navigators who entered into direct contact with Asian populations were Portuguese. In fact, just these latter one decade after, under the leadership of Vasco da Gama reached the west coast of  Southern India,…

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