Sepoy Mutiny


British colonization

One of the uprisings during British colonization of India was a mutiny of the native troops called "sepoys". It began on Sunday, May 10, 1857. The British didn't expect the rebellion at all. They owned two-thirds of India.

India under British

The British East India Company started recruiting native citizens as troops in 1667. They did it in order to maintain their trading operations. After the British took over two thirds of India, imperialism began to affect every part of India life. There was a lot of tension, the smallest thing would set off a spark. The British began loading rifles with cow or pig fat. They were both a sacred animal to the Hindus. They saw this as an attempt to break their caste preliminary to make them all Christians. The revolt was just about to happen.


The first bloody uprising was at the garrison in Meerut, the mutineers murdered every european they found. By June, Cawnpore had surrendered to Nana Sahib. It was discovered on July 17 that 200 European men, women, and children had been murdered a month earlier.


The rebellion ended with British troops crushing the rebellion. India was later placed under British rule.