EAST INDIA COMPANY The British East India Company was founded in 1600 and proved more durable than a number of similar enterprises created for the purpose of monopolizing trade in exotic products between countries of the East and the mercantile powers of the West Although the company survived officially until 1874, it effectively ended after the Great Indian Mutiny of 1857 The company started as a commercial enterprise but went on to establish British dominion over India This it did by first defeating the nawabs of Bengal (later East Pakistan and still later Bangladesh), liquidating the remnants of the Delhi-based Mughul Empire, and annexing the provinces of Punjab and Sindh, now part of modernday Pakistan

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