The British were heavily involved in the colonization of India but more so during their first years

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The British were heavily involved in the colonization of India but more so during their first years there which started at the beginning of the eighteenth century with the East India Trading Company. At first, the British were only part of India through this company and they gained complete control of India after the 1857 rebellion, the Great Rebellion, in which Britain became in complete control of India. Through the East India Trading Company, first receiving a grant when founded in 1600.1 This grant was given to them by the English which allowed them to trade with all of Asia thus almost doubling the areas of which to trade with. Soon the company became the main focal point by the British. However, as time went on the British became…show more content…
Once the Sepoy Rebellion had put down, there were other movements made to help the Indians gain control of their country and also to remove the British. The rise of Indian nationalism helped gain government positions for Indians in different bodies of legislation and even helped some Indians be elected to the British House of Commons.4 The India Muslim League also helped with putting Indians into power, and then there was Gandhi who the people of India regarded as their deliverer from the British. During British rule there were hardly any positive changes that happened. The railways were connected so that trading could happen throughout the whole country thus helping local merchants expand their trades.5 However, the increase of trade was probably the only good thing that happened. The British managed to get the Muslims and the Hindus to fight against one another, the British then slaughtered four hundred Indians in 1919, and they were eventually pushed out of India in 1947. The British were able to successful gain control, and colonize, India after the unsuccessful attempt by the Indians to gain independence through the Sepoy Rebellion. With this rebellion Queen Victoria crowned herself Empress of all India, the East India Trading Company was dissolved, and all power transferred to the British Trading Company. The Indians continued to resist through small movements such as Indian nationalism, India Muslim League, and then

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