In 18th and early 19th centuries, the imperial Mughal
power was crumbling and other powers, mainly Maratha chiefs, were emerging. At this time, a number of mercenaries, arriving from several countries found employment in India.
Some of the mercenaries emerged to become independent or independent rulers.
Mercenaries from Europe
Afghan/Central Asian Mercenaries
- Ahmad Baksh Khan of Loharu, Bokhara
- Dost Mohammed Khan of Bhopal