The bolts of cloth in this storeroom are “guinea cloth,” so-called because it sold so well in “Guinea,” ie West Africa. It was manufactured in India by local tradespeople and the British made a lot of money transporting it and reselling it in Africa. In these days the Europeans in India did nothing but act as the transportation network for goods both made and wanted in various parts of the world without any other regular contact with each other. It was a good gig. Too good for them to want to give it up without a fight. And as time went on, they kept on winning the fights. But that came later.