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Wales and the Making of British India during the Late Eighteenth Century

Wales does not loom large in the histories that have been written about the making of British India. On the other side of the coin, British India does not feature prominently in the many volumes that have been written about Wales during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The reasons for this neglect are many and varied, but, suffice it to say, if the surface of late eighteenth-century is scratched only slightly then one finds plenty of evidence of ‘East Indian’ influences.1 This essay scratches beneath that surface and offers many examples of how many Welshmen (and some others) made their fortunes in India and then returned to Wales where they established themselves as important figures in local societies and economies, especially in a swathe of territory running south west from Presteinge on the English border to Tenby on the west Wales coast.

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