Bengal Famine of 1770

The Bengal famine of 1770 (Bengali: ৭৬-এর মন্বন্তর, Chhiattōrer monnōntór; lit The Famine of '76) was a catastrophic famine between 1769 and 1773 (1176 to 1180 in the Bengali calendar) that affected the lower Gangetic plain of India. The famine is estimated to have caused the deaths of 10 million people (one out of three, reducing the population to thirty million in Bengal, which included Bihar and parts of Orissa). The Bengali names derives from its origins in the Bengali calendar year 1176. ("Chhiattōr"- "76"; "mormōntór"- "famine" in Bengali).

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Bengal Famine Of 1770 - East India Company Responsibilities
... The famine occurred due to the British East India Company's policies in Bengal ... its profits and with taxation rights, the profits to be obtained from Bengal came from land tax as well as trade tariffs ... As the famine approached its height in April 1770, the Company announced that the land tax for the following year was to be increased by a further 10% ...

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