Why did the British view India as the "jewel in the crown".
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The British viewed India in this way because it was their biggest and most important possession. Unlike places like Canada and Australia, India already had a very large population of people who could contribute a great deal to the wealth of the empire. The Indians could be taxed, adding huge amounts of money to the British treasury. They had all sorts of goods that the British wanted. These included things like spices, textiles, cotton, and the opium that the British would sell in China to be able to buy tea. Because India had so many people and so much wealth, it was the "jewel in the crown" of the British Empire.
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