The 1857 war of Independence, or Indian Rebellion of 1857, was the first Indian war of Independence and it was contained on June 20,1858 with the fall of Gwalior. It began on May 10, 1857 when Indian sepoys from the East Indian Company's army created a mutiny in Meerut that soon spread throughout the central and northern India cities.Continue Reading
Most of the major battles were confined to the Delhi region, Bihar, northern MP, and UP regions. It is known as India's First War of Independence.
The East India Company wanted to build revenue so they started to expand their British territories into Asia, which led to the annexing of several independent Rajas in India from 1848 to 1854. The Company created an army of 200,000 South Asians with 40,000 British soldiers so that by 1857, the country of India belonged to the British. It is thought that the reason for the war was not just because of the India people's desire for freedom, but also because the British expansionism was so vast and so quick. The British intensified their conquests throughout the region quickly and hurriedly leading to intensified Indian unrest.
The East India Company also pushed the limits of the Indian people by forcing extreme taxes on them and torturing them. The bloody revolution began and although it was unsuccessful, it did nearly defeat a large world power when it was organized only by peasants with limited resources and limited training. India would earn its independence in 1947.Learn more about US History