The Black Hole of Calcutta
Noel Barber sheds light on the infamous Black Hole of Calcutta, when, on the night of June 21, 1756, 123 English prisoners suffocated to death on the orders of Siraj-ud-Daula, Nawab (ruler) of Bengal, precipitating complete English control over the areas in which the East India Company traded.
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The Years of Discontent
The Last Days of Peace
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