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The evolution of colonial science in India
Natural history and the East India Company
in Imperialism and the natural world
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A study of the evolution of colonial science is perhaps as relevant and instructive as the study of colonialism itself. Colonisation primarily meant exploration and exploitation. Natural resources were the star attraction and this brought the practitioners of natural history into the limelight. Lord Wellesley recorded the illustration and improvement of Natural History of India which embraces an object so extensive as the description of the principal part of the Animal Kingdom is worthy of the munificence and liberality of the English East India Company. The economic value of the geological investigations proved of immediate concern to the Company, with the coalfields of India looming large. Pre-British India had nothing like a scientific society, not to say a journal, which could provide some sort of a platform for scientific workers.

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