March 3 1857 – The United Kingdom and France Start the Second Opium War

March 3 1857 – The United Kingdom and France Start the Second Opium WarRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons In the midst of the most extensive expansion of European colonization in centuries, the Qing Dynasty — head of a closed Chinese society — decided to upend trade agreements with Britain, France and the United States. Five months after Qing officials arrested a dozen suspected pirates operating under the British flag, the British House of Commons narrowly pushed through a resolution to investigate reportedly hostile action by China on March 3, 1857. In an attempt to force new trade alliances on their terms, Britain and France would launch attacks on […]