5. Seeds Of Hevea Brasiliensis
They are the seeds of the rubber plant that are shed twice a year. The seeds consist of a thin hard shell and a kernel containing oil used in various industries. Henry Wickham, a British explorer, stole around 70,000 seeds of the Hevea Brasiliensis to help his state establish rubber plantations in South East Asia. The incident totally ended the Amazon Rubber Boom, the great economic time in Brazilian history.
6. Rosetta Stone
The stone is made of Granodiorite and has writings inscribed in 3 different Egyptian languages. The stone is estimated to be carved around 196 BC. Rosetta stone was acquired from Egypt by Napolean Bonaparte and from him by the Britishers when they defeated Frenchman’s army during the early 1800s.
7. The Ring Of Tipu Sultan
Unfortunately, one of India’s most brave kings, Tipu Sultan, lost a battle to the Britishers in 1799. Historic texts believe that the British soldiers stole Tipu Sultan’s sword and his ring from his cadaver. The sword remained in India, as it was purchased by Vijay Mallya, and the ring was auctioned by the British for £145,000 in 2014.
8. The Wine-Cup Of Shah Jahan
Mughals have always been known for their royal lifestyle and mesmerizing pieces of architecture and art. Shah Jahan, the man who raised the Taj Mahal, you can imagine how artistic his belongings would be. The beautiful wine-cups used by Shah Jahan fell into Colonel Charles Seton Guthrie’s hands in the early 19th century, and from there, they found their way to London.
As you can figure out that the Britishers took almost every valuable thing they found and considered it as theirs. But talking ethically, they must return all the things back to the corresponding countries. By doing so, the local people and upcoming generations would be able to know how did their ancestors live? What kind of culture they had? What monuments they made? All these are quite essential for a country’s cultural development.