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List of General Events on December-1600

31- December-1600 Royal Charter forms the East India Company, setting in motion a process that ultimately results in the subjugation of India under British rule.
31- December-1600 Queen Elizabeth I granted its Royal Charter to the 218 Knights and merchants of the City of London who formed the East India Company. The venture failed to achieve its stated objectives -- it made little impression on the Dutch control of the spice trade and could not establish a lasting outpost in the East Indies.