- Originally, ‘The Company Of Merchants of London trading into the East Indies’.
- The company was given monopoly privileges on all trade with the East Indies.
- The first ships set out for the Banda Islands in 1601 and began trading in opium, spices, oils, gems and carpets.
The history of the East India Company is pivotal to the development of colonialism and the British Empire
- An excellent resource to find out the history of the East India Company is the India Office Records at the British Library.