ContextualizeThe Sepoy Rebellion (1857-1858)➡Directions: Watch this video entitled “Sepoy Mutiny- Revolt of 1857,”then read the information below and answer the accompanying questions. The Sepoy Rebellion, also known as India’s First War of Independence, the Great Rebellion, the Indian Mutiny, the Revolt of 1857, and the Indian Rebellion of 1857, was a revolt of soldiers employed by the British East India Company against the Company. The rebellion was a major turning point in colonial India. As a result, the British government replaced the Company as the rulers of India and India became an official colony of Great Britain. Since the 1600s, the British East India Company had operated trading posts in India and employed Indian soldiers, known as Sepoys, to protect the Company's interests. The Company’s influence and power in India grew over the next two centuries. They took control of land through military conquest and by the 1700s could arguably have been considered a “nation” within India. 1. Who were the sepoys?was a revolt of soldiers employed by the British East India Company against the Company. 2. What was the role of the British East India Company in India? operated trading posts in India and employed Indian soldiers, known as Sepoys, to protect the Company's interests. UNIT 10.4| Imperialism | SQ 5. What were the causes and effects of the Sepoy Rebellion?
Long-Term Causes of the Sepoy RebellionExpansion of British Power in IndiaBritish Indian Army soldiers, 1895.Imageis courtesy of wikimedia commons and is in the public domainWesternizationPhotograph of Indian physicist, Satyendra NathBose, 1925. Imageis courtesy of wikimedia commons and is in the public domainSepoys Outnumbered British TroopsThe British East India Company took control of a large amount of India through force and through treaties that Indian princes who had no choice but to sign. Wheneverpossible, the British replaced Indian rulers with British officials.