"dominions of the East India Company"

Flag of the British East India Company
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The East India Company was formed in 1600 to deal with trade between England and the East Indies, though they ended up trading mainly with India and China instead.  By the 18th century, the Company had gained military and administrative power over large areas of India.  Following the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the British Crown took control of India (as the newly-formed British Raj) and in 1874 the East India Company was dissolved.