Initial Annexations under Doctrine of Lapse
The Doctrine of Lapse resulted in the first annexation of Satara, which was annexed in 1848. In the next year 1849- Sambalpur were annexed to the British Empire. Next followed Karauli in 1852.
There were people who protested against this measure as an act of unrighteous usurpation, but it was not until 1857, when this protest took a shape of a fire –The Great Mutiny.
Soon, another great Maratha chief at Nagpur Raghojo Bhosla died. This Raja who died at the age of 47 years succumbed to a number of complications and disorders including debauchery and obstinacy. He had no son and a posthumous son was impossibility. He also had not adopted an heir. The result was that the British Paramount pronounced a fatal sentence of Lapse. Nagpur was annexed in 1854. Next important annexation was Annexation of Jhansi .