why did british conduct so many surveys in india
The practise of surveying became common under the colonial administration. The british believed that a country had to be properly known before it could be effectively administered.
By the early nineteenth century detailed surveys were being conducted to map the entire country. the effort was to know the topography, soil quality, the flora, the fauna, the local histories and the cropping pattern - all the facts seemed to be necessary to know about how to administer the region..
there were many other surveys, zooligical surveys, archaeoligical surveys, anthropological surveys, forest surveys etc.
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