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India became a British colony

jeudi 25 février 2010, par SOMMERARD, Paul (France)

When did India become a British colony ? What important event symbolized the British political power in India ?

India became an English colony progressively. One of the most important events took place in 1857 There was a popular revolt (the Sepoys) in India because the East India company tried to impose reforms which questioned the Indian culture (For example :the remarriage of the widows). The Company managed the economy of the country at that time so the English brought soldiers to India to calm the revolt.
Finally, the East India Company was eliminated in 1858 and the power was transferred to the British Crown.
In 1876 Queen Victoria ( 1819 – 1901 ) proclaimed herself Empress of India, symbolizing the British political power.

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