Subdivisions of British India

For administrative purposes British India was subdivided into the following units:

Colonial India
British Indian Empire
Imperial entities of India
Dutch India1605–1825
Danish India1620–1869
French India1668–1954

Portuguese India
Casa da Índia1434–1833
Portuguese East India Company1628–1633

British India
East India Company1612–1757
Company rule in India1757–1858
British Raj1858–1947
British rule in Burma1824–1948
Princely states1721–1949
Partition of India

Main administrative unitsEdit

Political unitsEdit

While British India did administratively not include the princely states, which remained nominally outside the British Raj,[1]under the administration of their own rulers, the relationship of the British with these states was managed by:

Still, the British authorities recurred to the doctrine of lapse when they decided to interfere in the internal matters of a princely state.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Great Britain India Office. The Imperial Gazetteer of India. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908.
  2. ^ William Cooke Taylor, A Popular History of British India