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As you look at world history, western civilization, and other perspectives to history, you will find that most countries reach a stage of needing more raw materials and more fear to protect their borders. England or British Isles are no different. For England to continue to grow economically they needed raw materials and after the Spanish War and Spanish armada. They realized that the answer was Colonization and their navy now could do this. They were only challenged by the French through the years. Compare Spain, Portugal, France, Japan, Germany, they are all examples of Colonization = "empire builders."

Also look at Cotton as an example of "raw Materials", and what England did with India a major source of cotton.

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Britain had a professional expeditionary army in place that it used to pick sides in the endless conflicts between local rulers. In almost all cases, their (military) support tipped the scales in favor of their candidate. This ruler then paid the price that he was allowed to continue to be the civic ruler of his State, but he had to transfer the command and control of his army to the British. This resulted in the British being in control of ever-larger Indian army groups that they could deploy when and where they chose. It turned the British into an invincible military power within the Indian communities in the period between 1750 and 1850.

As civic rulers, the British never ruled directly over more than 50% of India and that remained so until independence in 1948. The other 50% was ruled over by Indian maharadjahs - with the British of course being in command of their armed forces.

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Colonialism was a good way to force people from other country's to make you wealthy.

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because they wanted new area for settlement.

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taken from france by general wolf at the hights of abraham

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because they are

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because of trade

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for trading

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