Why is 1857 Famous?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

The First War of Independence, which ended the East India Company’s dominion and made 1857 renowned in India, took place that year. A turning point in Indian history was marked by this incident. Through this, the British East India Company encountered organized opposition for the first time. Although it began as a revolt by British East India Company soldiers, eventually the general populace joined in.

1857 is Famous for?

There are various titles for the uprising, including the First War of Independence, the Revolt of 1857, the Indian Insurrection, the Sepoy Mutiny (by British Historians), the Indian Mutiny, and the Great Rebellion (by Indian Historians) (by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar). One of the political forces behind the uprising was the British policy of expansion through the Doctrine of Lapse and direct annexation.

  • Following the overthrow of numerous Indian kings and chiefs, other powerful families began to worry that they too might experience a similar fate.
  • Rani Lakshmi Bai’s adopted son was not permitted to rule Jhansi.
  • The annexation of Satara, Nagpur, and Jhansi was made possible by the Doctrine of Lapse.
  • Udaipur, Sambalpur, and Jaitpur were also annexed.
  • Lord Dalhousie’s takeover of Awadh under bad leadership resulted in the unemployment of thousands of lords, officials, retainers, and soldiers.


Why is 1857 Famous?

1857 is famous as it saw the First War of Independence, which ended the East India Company’s rule and made India famous worldwide. This incident marked a turning point in Indian history.

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