What was the (British) East India Company?

Introduction The East India Company (EIC), also known as the Honourable East India Company (HEIC), East India Trading Company (EITC), the English East India Company or (after 1707) the British East India Company, and informally known as John Company, Company Bahadur, or simply The Company was an English and later British joint-stock company founded in… Read More


What is a Chartered Company?

Introduction A chartered company is an association with investors or shareholders that is incorporated and granted rights (often exclusive rights) by royal charter (or similar instrument of government) for the purpose of trade, exploration, and/or colonisation. Notable Chartered Companies Austrian: 1719 Imperial Privileged Oriental Company. 1722 Ostend Company. 1775 Austrian East India Company. British: 1711… Read More