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How did Britain originally gain control of Hong Kong?

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How did Britain originally gain control of Hong Kong? For centuries China was a closed country, and foreigners were not encouraged to explore it. European traders smuggled huge amounts of opium into China so that peopi became addicted, paying for the opium with silver. The Chinese government tried tor stop the opium trade, and the British sent the navy to threaten them. From 1839 to 1842 the British and Chinese fought over access to the Chinese ports.

The Chinese were defeated and the British forced them to grant trading rights. Five ports were opened and Hong Kong Island became a British colony.

In 1898 Britain was given Hong Kong on a 99 year lease, during which time it became a hugely successful centre of finance and trade.


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Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 04 January '12


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