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What Was the So-Called "Sepoy Rebellion"?

Britain killed hundreds of thousands of Indians in reprisal for the Indian Revolt of 1857

In 1857, Indian soldiers in the colonial British army rose up in revolt.  Called the Sepoy Rebellion by the British, this uprising was brutally crushed, but it spelled the end for the British East India Company.

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