1839: The First Opium War

On June 3rd, 1839, Chinese troops burned 20,000 crates of opium that was grown in India under British overseers, which had been intended to be sold in the illegal Chinese opium market.  Thus began what was known as a trade war, known to history (if ever mentioned) as the Opium Wars, in which tens of thousands of Chinese people lost their lives.

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