Last week, we discussed how imperialism
It developed out of a Europe, hungry to
gain money after losing their colonies, that
was flushed with money due to
We discussed how Europe and other
industrial powers rose up to dominate
weaker, poorer nations.
We discussed how the Sepoy Rebellion
was used as cause for the English to take
over the country.
The Sepoy Rebellion though began
because the people of India weren’t happy
with the British being there in the first
The British East India Company dominated
trade in India after the fall of the Mughal
Empire in India.
To protect their
known as Sepoys to
protect their trade
What are business
India was “the jewel of the British Empire”
• India provided raw materials for British
• It was a big market for British goods!
AS BRITISH BUSINESSES BEGAN
DOMINATING INDIA, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA
BEGAN FEELING OPPRESSED AND
DISCONTENTMENT (UNHAPPINESS) GREW.
Pros of British
• Modern communication
Con of British
• The British wanted
the Indians to
The main cause of the
rebellion was new rifle
cartridges greased by
animal fat that
offended the native
Sepoys were also
paid less than British
It took a year for the
British to defeat the
Sepoys in the
At that point, the
British took over the
country and it was
officially part of the
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