The battle of Plassey preceded by events like Siraj-Ud-Daulah’s attack on British Controlled territory in Bengal and Black Hole Massacre. The battle of Plassey was fought in 1757 between Siraj-Ud-Daulah and British East India Company led by Robert Clive.
Significance of Battle of Plassey:
- Bengal acted as source of revenue. Mir Jafar was a puppet of the company. He gave them ample resources to earn revenue. The tax benefits given to the EIC ensured that no other rival western power could trade as efficiently as the EIC did with one of the most affluent state of India.
- A base to expand the rule: Bengal provided a strong base to the company to fight against other princely states in India, and hence helped them to expand their rule in other parts of the country.
- Rich revenue earned helped the EIC to protect their army and trade interests against the French in Bengal. This helped them later to drive the French out of India.
- Bengal provided a strong base to the company to fight against other princely states in India, and hence helped them to expand their rule in other parts of the country.
The battle of Plassey marked the beginning of British rule in India. The enormous revenue earned from Bengal helped them to strengthen their army. The tax benefits protected their trade interests against other foreign powers trading with India. Thus, they used Bengal as base to fight against other major powers and finally assert their political and economic supremacy throughout India.