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The Revolt of 1857
Transcript of The Revolt of 1857
BY: Adit Pardasani
The Indian Rebellion of 1857 is also called the Indian Mutiny, the Sepoy Mutiny, or India's First War of Independence. It began on 10 May 1857, as a mutiny of sepoys of the British East India Company's army. Sepoys in the Presidency of Bengal revolted against their British officers.
What is the Revolt of 1857 ?
The idea of an uprising had been brewing among the people, but when it finally happened, it was not planned. It broke out all of a sudden and it shook the British. This Revolt was the first open protest against the British by such a large number of Indians.
Causes for the Revolt of 1857
On 9 May 1857, in Meerut, a group of soldiers mutinied and walked out of thier military barracks. They were dismissed and sentenced 10 years imprisonment to use the greased cartridges. On hearing of their imprisonment, other soldiers stationed at Meerut revolted.
Outbreak of the Revolt
Delhi was one of the first places to fall after the beginning of the Revolt . Reinforcement arrived for the besieged British army from Punjab. Under the command of General O'Neil, British troops launched a massacre in Delhi. Thousand of innocent people died and the troop caught Shah Zafar's son and killed him whereas the old king was captured and died in the prison.
The end of the Mughal Empire