After the first expedition from England to India, when ships returned to England in 1607, investors in the East India Company made a 230% profit on each ship with a total value of £36,000 which equates to £10,500,000 (£10.5 million) when accounting for inflation as of 2017, because the ships were filled with cloves, an ingredient used in anesthetics. Death was quite common among the British stationed in India, with 33% of the entire British workforce dying in a single year due to the rainy seaso...
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