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India: The British In India

India: The British In India

The British in India

Stretching back nearly 5,000 years, India's history is a diverse mix of cultures, religions, languages, and experiences. How (and why) did the British come to control this land? To understand that, we must first go back to the Age of Exploration. During this time period many of Europe’s royal powers sent expeditions around the world in search of valuable trade routes and territories rich in natural resources.
 
By 1857, growing frustration with the ruling the British East India Company led many of these sepoys to revolt against the British. This revolt became known as the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Wanting to protect their business in India, the British government moved in and took control from the British East India Company’s. During this period, from 1858-1947, Great Britain had its greatest influence over India, much of which can still be seen today. Here in Mumbai, I see the British influence in the architecture, food, and printed on signs around the city, just to name a few examples.
 

The British East India Company soon became the major power in India. By the 1800s, this company had gained a monopoly over goods such as tea, spices, silk, and cotton. The British East India Company built its own private military, using local Indians as “sepoys,” or paid militiamen, to help establish order and control across India.

Kat

 

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