British Conquest in India c. 1857

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Simeon Netchev
published on 30 September 2022

A map illustrating the aggressive, opportunistic, and, most times, chaotic expansion of British rule in the Indian subcontinent following the Battle of Plassey (1757) until the eve of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 through the East India Company’s use of private armies, corruption, coercion, and subsidiary alliances. This expansion was driven by a toxic mix of personal ambition, greed, security anxieties, and the need for revenue. By the mid-1850s, the Company had fully exploited the political and commercial rivalries of the disintegrating Mughal Empire, expanded its domains at the expense of native powers like Mysore, the Marathas, and the Sikhs, and progressively conquered two-thirds of the subcontinent.

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About the Author

Simeon Netchev
Simeon is a freelance visual designer with a deep interest in the human side of history. He believes that every image should be an interaction, a commentary, and a narrative, and every map should lead on an exciting journey of exploration and discovery.

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Netchev, S. (2022, September 30). British Conquest in India c. 1857. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Netchev, Simeon. "British Conquest in India c. 1857." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified September 30, 2022.

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Netchev, Simeon. "British Conquest in India c. 1857." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 30 Sep 2022. Web. 20 Mar 2023.