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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2020 12:42 p.m. PST

"A young Warren Hastings had no reason to hope for wealth when he joined the East India Company (EIC) and sailed to India in 1750 at the age of seventeen. He was nothing more than a clerk. but he worked hard and two years later he earned a promotion and was sent to a major trading post where he gained further experience.

As Hastings was busy working trying to get ahead, unrest reigned in the area among local rulers. Things became worse when the elderly and moderate Nawab died. His grandson Siraj ud-Daulah then assumed the role as Nawab, but because he held anti-European views, he attacked the British and to prevent a massacre they surrendered.

Ud-Daulah's forces then gathered up their British prisoners and incarcerated them in the Black Hole of Calcutta, among those imprisoned was Hastings. The Black Hole become a death trap for some of the prisoners and some suffocated before they were more to a more appropriate prison. After Hastings made it out of the Black Hole alive, he helped ud-Daulah but because he continued to fear for his life, he finally escaped to the island of Fulta where other refugees from Calcutta and survivors of the Black Hole had gathered…"
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Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2020 11:58 p.m. PST

Except that Warren Hastings wasn't imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta…

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2020 11:36 a.m. PST



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