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1. The British brew a rebellion

Summoned by the lucrative spice trade, the British East India Company arrived in India in 1617. By the mid-1800s, they controlled almost the entire country, imposing Western standards of education and British culture on the locals. Eventually, English was the primary language taught in schools. Indians resented the discrimination they experienced, as well as the rejection of their culture and religious beliefs. An uprising in 1857 led to Britain seizing control of the nation from the British East India Company — and the start of a rebellion.

Britain enjoyed the spice trade Joy_StockPhotography / Getty Images
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