Unloading tea ships in the East India Docks
View full size imageUnloading tea ships in the East India Docks. © NMM

India was the most important and populous country in the British Empire. India was a major market for British manufactured goods, especially cotton cloth.

India's main exports to London included tea, wheat and cloth. 

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Stories The hub of empire: Imperial trade
Stories Tea trade and the East India Docks