We completed our Powerpoint activity on Imperialism by reading the Rudyard Kipling poem "White Man's Burden". We filled out the rest of the notes on the front side of the worksheet. We learned about two conflicts, one in China, and the other in India. The Sepoy Rebellion (or Mutiny) was when Indian troops, who were controlled by the British, got upset about pork and cow fat being used on new ammunition cartridges. This went against their religion and they took up arms and started killing British traders. Eventually, the British sent their own troops and took over India as a colony. The British forced the Indians to grow the poppy, which can be used to make opium. This leads to our next conflict, the China Opium Wars. Watch the videos linked below. We started two worksheets, one on the Sepoy Rebellion, and the other on map skills of Imperialism. Both will be completed in class tomorrow and turned in for a grade.
Opium Wars in China - from History Channel
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