British soldiers of Indian descent, often known as “sepoys,” 1820. The East India Company, greatly outnumbered by the Indians they ruled over, relied heavily on Indian manpower for the British military. The sepoy rebelled in 1857 and were brutally put down, resulting in the British crown taking control of India and the expansion of the British domain in India. Illustration from Frederic Shoberl’s  ‘The World in Miniature: Hindoostan’.