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How are eight ships burning in the English Channel in July 1588 connected to India?
Those eight ships helped the British scatter the Spanish Armada. And then defeat it. Victory over Spain in this fateful battle gave Britain the right to trade with India. Up until that point, only Spain and Portugal had had that right. India’s markets were now open. With that, the British began over 300 years of influence and control in the region. India would become their largest colony. And the most profitable.