Definition of East India Company
Originally established for prosecuting the trade between England and India, which they acquired a right to carry on exclusively. The company’s political affairs became of more importance than their commerce. In 1858, by 21 & 22 Viet., c. 106, the government of the territories of the company was transferred to the crown. The company was finally dissolved in 1874.
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