Growth and Change in the Borders of the British Empire

This map shows when different countries were added to the British Empire over time. From this map you can see that the empire grew th most in 1837 and 1914. The British Empire grew the least in 1558, which was near their after its 2 big growth spurts.

This is a timeline which shows when and which countries the British Empire had control of and when they the countries gained independence from the British Empire. As you can see from the graph below, the British Empire had control of Bermuda for a long period of time, from 1610 to 2000. It had a very little control over Italian North Africa, only lasted from 1940 to 1950.

The British Empire also controlled the oceans as part of its empire. As you can see below, this is the part of the Pacific ocean the British Empire controlled in 1914.

Below are the amount of Land the British Empire controlled during different time periods:

This is how much of the globe the British Empire controlled in 1882. As you can see it did not own much land and was not at its height yet.

This is a map of how much the British Empire controlled in 1898. As you can see, comparing to the last map, the British Empire had more colonies in 1898 then it did in 1882. It also had more colonies in South-east Asia.

In the year of 1914, the British Empire gained control of some parts in Antarctica.

In the year of 1920, the British Empire gained control of some other places in Africa.

There was no change in the size of the Empire from 1920 to 1922.

The British Empire, according to these maps, was at its height in the 1900s.

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