Connections between Regional Issues and European Struggles for Global Power in the Mid-18th Century

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Isabel AP World History
DBQ: Analyze connections between regional issues and European struggles for global power in the mid-eighteenth century. Identify an additional type of document and explain how it would help your analysis of these connections.

During the mid-eighteenth century, the European was struggling to spread its power in the whole world, especially in Americas and Asia, experiencing various regional issues in economy, diplomacy, and territory with local people. Document 1 6, and 9 are dealing with the business, smuggling and taxes in Plassey, and Carribean. Document 3, 5, 7, and 8 are involving several negotiations and diplomatic techniques during the Seven Year’s war period for gaining more benefits. Document 2 and 4 are about the territory issues connecting with local people and European.

Firstly, in order to be a great force to spread the influence in the globe, one needs to be economically strong. As we can see that in eighteenth century, British , the highly industrialized country, strived hard for its profits and controls the trade in different areas. In document 1, the treaty between British East Indian Company and Mir Jafar shows strong inequity for Mir Jafar. For BEIC (British East Indian Company), the basic purpose is profits. As the winner of the war, BEIC makes deal with local business to obtain more monetary beneficial, the money for its military expenses, financial supports of the war and losses. Therefore, being a successful financer, British won’t worry about the cost of military and war any more, fighting with no financial worry. In document 6, Cesar de Choiseul, the French minister was writing the letter to French ambassador in London proposing a clause of navigation to prevent Spanish smuggling through Louisiana by land. Contraband destroys economy and so the prime minister wants to stop Spanish smuggling in order to control the trade at the area. Document 9, the report about the high taxes for Spanish and Spanish smuggling

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