Imperialism 2

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Imperialism 2

  1. 1. India as a sampler!
  2. 2. Last week, we discussed how imperialism began. It developed out of a Europe, hungry to gain money after losing their colonies, that was flushed with money due to industrialism. We discussed how Europe and other industrial powers rose up to dominate weaker, poorer nations.
  3. 3. 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 place. The British East India Company dominated trade in India after the fall of the Mughal Empire in India.
  4. 4. To protect their assets, the company hired Indian soldiers (note: INDIANS) known as Sepoys to protect their trade interests. What are business assets?
  5. 5. India was “the jewel of the British Empire” because • India provided raw materials for British industry • It was a big market for British goods!
  6. 6. AS BRITISH BUSINESSES BEGAN DOMINATING INDIA, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA BEGAN FEELING OPPRESSED AND DISCONTENTMENT (UNHAPPINESS) GREW.  Pros of British Domination • Railroads • Schools • Modern communication  Con of British Domination • The British wanted the Indians to “become British”
  7. 7.  The main cause of the rebellion was new rifle cartridges greased by animal fat that offended the native people.  Sepoys were also paid less than British soldiers.
  8. 8.  It took a year for the British to defeat the Sepoys in the rebellion.  At that point, the British took over the country and it was officially part of the British growing empire.

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