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1: Opium comes from the opium poppy. Before Chinese people became addicted, opium was used to cure stomach ailments. Smoking opium was used introduced in the 17th century by Southeast Asia. It was made illegal to smoke opium after that. | Background Information on China and Opium

2: This is a picture of a person smoking opium. To smoke opium, you need an opium pipe in which you heated it over and opium lamp. Opium pipes are now extremely rare.

3: The British and Opium | Opium was uncommon until the late 1700s when British smugglers began selling it to China. The British grew their opium in India. The British sold opium so they could pay for their purchases of tea. After not much time, there were thousands of Chinese addicts. | The British and Opium | Opium was uncommon until the late 1700s when British smugglers began selling it to China. The British grew their opium in India. The British sold opium so they could pay for their purchases of tea. After not much time, there were thousands of Chinese addicts.

4: How Much Opium did the British sell to China? 1795 = 1,000 1820 = 20,000 1830 = 40,000 By 1831, the opium trade into China was 2 1/2 times larger than the tea trade.

5: The Chinese try to stop the Opium Trade | Addicts lost so much money from buying opium that many people became homeless. People inand didn't know about the opium. | When Chinese officials and coast guards were sent to try to stop the British from selling Opium, the British were able to bribe them away with money.

6: In 1838, the Chinese emperor sent Lin Zexu to stop the opium trade. He ordered the soldiers to destroy British ships containing opium. | Lin Zexu

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