A Mezzotint engraving of Fort William, Calcutta

A Mezzotint engraving of Fort William, Calcutta
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In London, 4500 miles away from Kathmandu, on the 31st December 1600, Queen Elizabeth I granted a Royal Charter allowing a group of British merchants to form the East India Company and gave them a 15 year monopoly to trade with countries in South and South East Asia. This move would ultimately result in the British conquering India and, 214 years after the signing of that fateful charter, bring the British into direct conflict with Nepal.

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