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Lascars

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The Lascars were sailors from the Indian Subcontinent who were employed on British and European ships from the 17th century. These resources support history teaching, and are primarily aimed at years 5 and 6. The children will read about the power and influence of the East India Company, and how this is linked to the history of the Lascars. They will also read about the Lascars’ treatment by the British and Europeans powers of the time (although these resources focus on the British). The resources can stimulate discussion as to why some people took part in the oppression and exploitation of others.

You may also like to use the resources from the Let’s Count! primary school census education programme:

This section supports the following areas of the KS2 history curriculum.

  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world.
  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
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