Black Hole of Calcutta

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The Black Hole of Calcutta refers to a prison cell which was used to hold 146 mostly British prisoners captured after the Nawab of Bengal had taken over the city from the East India Company. Interred on 20 June 1756 in a tiny cell in Fort William, 123 of the prisoners died of dehydration and suffocation.

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  • 20 Jun 1756
    A number of East India Company soldiers and employees do not survive internment in the Black Hole of Calcutta prison cell.
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