For the modern states, see States and territories of IndiaThe Provinces of India, earlier Presidencies of British India and still earlier, Presidency towns, were the administrative divisions of British governance in India.  India was divided into British India, regions that were directly administered by the British, with Acts established and passed in British Parliament, and the Princely States, ruled by local rulers of different ethnic backgrounds. The term British India also applied to Burma for a shorter time period: beginning in 1824, a small part of Burma, and by 1886, almost two thirds of Burma had been made part of British India.  Non-Regulation Provinces included:British India in 1880: this map incorporates the Provinces of British India, the Princely States and the legally non-Indian Crown Colony of Ceylon. Major provinces [ edit ]At the turn of the 20th century, British India consisted of eight provinces that were administered either by a Governor or a Lieutenant-Governor.
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