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Transcript of Ancient Impearlism
To understand the opium trade and the impact it had on our history, one must understand where opium comes from. Opium comes from the seed of a poppy plant. The poppy plant is grown on farms in India where the workers harvest and process the seed. The processing process involves small incisions being made into the side of the seed. From the incisions, a beige goo oozes. This goo is allowed the time to dry before being scraped off and rolled into small balls for distribution. The majority of this takes place in Calcutta, where the British obtain the opium.
Because of the empirical power Britain has over India, colonial imperialism, they had an unethical ability to obtain opium. Because of the disgusting affect opium had on the chinese people and their society, the chinese government outlawed opium. And, as an affect, the british were forced to smuggle the drug into the country. They smuggled 15 tons in 1730, and in 1773, they smuggled 75 tons. Although the opium never directly passed through Britain on this trade route, it still had it's impact on the people. Britain had already been subject to the affects of opium and had already forbidden the substance within the boarders of their country.
The Destruction of Opium
Distribution of Opium
It is here that we really begin to see the horrific impact that the sphere of influence Britain had over China in regards to opium had on the people of China. One Chinese ambassador even wrote in his plea to stop the trade that Britain was well aware of the lethal effect of opium, for they had outlawed iit in the home country. It was here that the opium made it's last stop before making it's way into the pipes of the people. From here, the opium ended one of two ways.
The events here, at Humen Town, Dongguan in China, were the direct cause of the first opium war. Under the protection of several money hungry Chinese politicians, the british smuggled opium into China where it was confiscated by the chinese government and thrown into the Pearl River. These events provoked outrage amongst parliament whop later declared China. Hence, starting the opium wars.
The opium that wasn't collected and destroyed buy the Chinese Government was sold by the merchants to every day people. The opium was sold in establishments called opium dens. These dens supplied other opium supplementary ingredients necessary for the full experience.
At this point in time, the chinese government had realized the just how destructive opium actually is, so, it was banned. These regulations left the british with limited options in regard to their trade. This meant, the best way to get opium into China was through the coast. This resulted in Singapore being the next stop in the journey of opium. And, just like every country along the 'opium road', this drug had the same detrimental affect on it's people.