My main research question and its answer: How did the Annexation of Awadh Impact the Local Merchants?The trade of the exquisite, costly, and beneficial goods, some of which include indigo, cloth, and more goods of shipping was completely taken over by the evident faithless and traitorous British government. For the merchants, the British only left the trade of unimportant things which would not provide them any profit. Additionally, the merchants weren’t given their portion of the profits, which they obtain with the aid of the customs and stamp fees, etc., “so that the merchants have merely a trade in name.” Apart from all the unfairness, tolls, charges for education, postage stamps, etc were imposed a toll on the profits of the merchants. In spite of so many of these reductions, the merchants are “legally responsible to imprisonment and disgrace at the instance or complaint of a worthless man.” The previously mentioned dishonest and corrupt operations will be omitted when the Badshahi government is accepted and accustomed. And, the ‘buy and sell’ of each commodity, nothing excluded, by land or water, is obligated to be available to the local merchants of India. Public treasury will fund and aid the merchants who don’t have any money in the Badshahi government. As a result, each and every merchant has a responsibility to have a hand in the warfare and use his men and wealth to support the Badshahi government, privately or publicly, and his loyalty to the British government should be renounced.No. 1: My sub-question and its answer: Why did the Annexation of Awadh lead to mass unemployment amongst the local merchants? How did this change the way the merchants behaved? The traders, merchants, and the citizens of Awadh greatly felt aggrieved at the annexation. The increasing chaos and unemployment brought about by the elimination of Awadh tribunal, in addition, thoroughly impacted the commerce and trade. Tilism repeatedly states the lack of protection and unease of property and life. Cases of robbery, plundering, theft on main roads, etc. appear to have increased following the annexation. The earnings of local ‘minor’ merchants were changed by all these establishments. However, more major merchants nevertheless were firmly linked “with the state offered loan and cash advances to the state.” In spite of that, during circumstances of increasing chaos, merchants were making use of unlawful and dishonest business methods to make money and this was happening to an increasing degree. The principles and ethics of merchants decreased in the time of unreliability coming after the annexation, as described in Tilism. These unreliable times were taken constructively by a few of the merchants to make a lot of money. The greater degrees of dishonest merchants were able to earn good profits during the time of unreliability since there wasn’t any consistent price, no looking over at the weights and sizes, and no government supervision concerning merchants’ occupation.No. 2: My sub-question and its answer: How was the life of the local merchants like before the Annexation of Awadh? What were the consequences of the Annexation of Awadh on the local merchants?The sources I used and their OPVL: 1. A book called Archives of Empire: Volume I. From The East India Company to the Suez Canal.Citation: Harlow, Barbara, and Mia Carter, editors. “Proclamation to the People of Oude on Its Annexation. February 1856.” Archives of Empire: Volume I: From the East India Company to the Suez Canal, Duke University Press, 2003. O (origin): The editors of the book are Barbara Harlow and Mia Carter. The book was published on the 10th of December 2003. The location of where it was published isn’t mentioned. The book is being published by the Duke University Press. One of the editors (also mentioned as the author is some cases), Barbara Harlow, is “a scholar and author who brought issues of human rights and postcolonialism into the classroom” (NY Times). P (purpose): The author created this piece of work to provide information on the Annexation of Awadh and the Indian Uprising. The intent of this work would be to educate and inform people about the topic. I think the author chose this particular format to go in-depth on the different parts of the uprising, instead of a website using a book lets the audience see multiple causes. The intended audience is probably teens and young adults. I can’t tell more than is on the surface. V (value): Looking the rich vocabulary and the fine description of the event in the book, we can see that the authors are well qualified. The time period of the piece as mentioned is 2003, we can tell that there was a lot of formality in the works of that time. The main controversy that is discussed in the book is between the people of Oude (Awadh) and the British, the book explains the impact of the British rule over the people. The authors don’t represent a particular ‘side’ of the controversy and are providing the facts. The piece doesn’t represent certain events that might have been going on during the time of its publication, instead, it provides facts as mentioned previously. L (limitations): The source is not biased towards either side of the conflict. We can verify the content of the piece using other works on the same topic by different authors, and most of them convey the same information. The piece does not inaccurately reflect anything about the time period. The authors don’t leave out anything as far as I can tell, however, the authors could have gone in a bit more detail on some topics as they are given in brief. 2. An excerpt from a book which discusses the consequences of the annexation, available online in PDF format (which I used).Citation: “Socio-Economic Consequences of Annexation, 1856. .” Dec. 12ADAD.O (origin): P (purpose): V (value): L (limitations): 3. 4.