Opium did not become an important commodity in american trade with china until the 1830s when it made up approximately 1/4 of the total that americans sold in china opium imported by americans never exceeded 10% of the total opium imported into china. Free trade and opium wars i first encounters a importance of opium trade for british 1 east india company loses china trade monopoly in 1833 a. As a result, millions of chinese would die from opium addiction, and the very fabric of chinese society was threatened after the company's trade monopoly was abolished in 1834, smuggling of opium into china by european private traders intensified. The british ended the opium trade to china in 1836 a true b false.
China's attempt to ban the sale of opium in the port city of canton leads to the opium war of 1839 in which the chinese are defeated by superior british arms and which results in the imposition of the first of many unequal treaties. The results of the treaty included the abolition of chinese trade monopolies, the opening of new trade ports (where european merchants could trade with anyone at all) and created trade taxes also, the chinese had to pay the british government approximately 21 million silver dollars for the opium lost in the war, debts chinese merchants owed to. Causes: british aggression and expansionalism - opium became the most valuable commodity trade in the 19 th century and financed much of britain's colonization of india amount of drug.
The british used the profits from the sale of opium to purchase such chinese luxury goods as porcelain, silk, and tea, which were in great demand in the west opium was first introduced to china by turkish and arab traders in the late 6th or. What was a result of the opium war a france pushed britain out of china b japan was no longer allowed to trade at chinese ports c opium was successfully banned in china. Opium trade, in chinese history, the traffic that developed in the 18th and 19th centuries in which western countries, mostly great britain, exported opium grown in india and sold it to china the british used the profits from the sale of opium to purchase such chinese luxury goods as porcelain.
British exports, that opium became a commonly used item in china opium entered the british-chinese-indian trade triangle shortly after the east india company began to seek control over the cultivation and sale of the drug in india. The british superintendent of trade in china, charles elliot, responded by suspending all british trade with china and ordering british ships to withdraw the first opium war breaks out oddly enough, the first opium war began with a squabble amongst the british. During this trade, india was merely an instrument for the british to produce the opium that they intended to sell to china in return for tea and silver which was exported to britain china played a major role in this trade as it was the sole producer and consumer of tea and opium involved in the trade.
The british introduced opium to china in 1825, and soon, not surprisingly, chinese began to be addicted to the drug the emperor outlawed the possession, use, and trade in opium, but the profits were so imme nse, that an illegal trade quickly developed. Britain sold opium to china in return for the many chinese commodities the british people craved as an alternative to using silver as a medium of exchange the british had no domestic source of silver, whereas opium from northeast india was available cheaply in large quantities from the british east india company. A second opium war (fought from 1856 to 1858) removed the final restraint on drug traffic, and by 1880, china was importing more than 6,500 tons of opium a year cultivation of the poppy had also begun in china. British opium policy and its results to india and china british opium policy and its results to india and china publication date 1876 topics opium trade,.
Best answer: the opium wars also known as the anglo-chinese wars, lasted from 1839 to 1842 and 1856 to 1860, the climax of a trade dispute between china under the qing dynasty and the british empire. Clash of cultures: china and the west programme length: 1 hour screening details monday 21st october at 930am est/ nz this program as its title suggests deals with the relationship between china and europe. The opium trade, seventh through nineteenth centuries he anglo-chinese opium wars were the direct result of china's isolationalist and exclusionary trade policy with the west. Opium was grown in british india, and smuggled into china when the chinese resisted the opium trade and destroyed all the british opium, this led to war the chinese army and navy were no match.