1. King Charles II of England married the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza. How did this marriage affect Indian history?
2. “A boy is born, A boy is born, A boy is born”. What message was being conveyed here?
3. The Hindu kingdom of Champa flourished outside the present boundaries of India. Where would the kingdom be located in today’s context?
4. What is the Doctrine of Lapse?
5. In modern Indian history one often comes across the term European Factories. What are these factories that the European powers established in India?
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1. When King Charles II of England married the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza the Portuguese transferred the islands that make up modern day Mumbai to the British as the dowry of Catherine.
2. “A boy is born, A boy is born, A boy is born”. This announced the signing of the Simla Agreement.
3. The Hindu kingdom of Champa flourished outside the present boundaries of India. This kingdom would be located in modern Vietnam. During this period the country was considered a great centre of Vedic learning.
4. The Doctrine of Lapse was a ruse by the East India Company to acquire territory. When the ruler of a protected state died without an heir, the adopted heir would not be able to succeed him. In such a case the state would be annexed by the British. The only exception being if the British authorities approved of the adoption before hand.
5. European Factories were fortified trading stations established by the European powers.