Territorial evolution of the British Empire

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The territorial evolution of the British Empire is considered to have begun with the foundation of the English colonial empire in the late 16th century.wikipedia
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Commonwealth of Nations

CommonwealthBritish CommonwealthCommonwealth countries
Many of the former territories of the British Empire are members of the Commonwealth of Nations.
The Commonwealth of Nations, generally known simply as the Commonwealth, is a political association of 53 member states, nearly all of them former territories of the British Empire.

British Empire

BritishEmpireBritain
Collectively, these territories are referred to as the British Empire.

English overseas possessions

EnglishEnglish colonyEnglish colonial empire
The territorial evolution of the British Empire is considered to have begun with the foundation of the English colonial empire in the late 16th century.
In effect, with the Union they became British colonies.

British Leeward Islands

Leeward IslandsFederal Colony of the Leeward IslandsLeeward Islands Federation

Kingdom of Great Britain

Great BritainBritishBritain
When the Kingdom of Great Britain was formed in 1707 by the union of the Kingdom of Scotland with the Kingdom of England, the latter country's colonial possessions passed to the new state.

Kingdom of Scotland

ScotlandScottishScots
When the Kingdom of Great Britain was formed in 1707 by the union of the Kingdom of Scotland with the Kingdom of England, the latter country's colonial possessions passed to the new state.

Kingdom of England

EnglandEnglishAnglo
When the Kingdom of Great Britain was formed in 1707 by the union of the Kingdom of Scotland with the Kingdom of England, the latter country's colonial possessions passed to the new state.

Kingdom of Ireland

IrelandIrishCrown
Similarly, when Great Britain was united with the Kingdom of Ireland in 1801 to form the United Kingdom, control over its colonial possessions passed to the latter state.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

United KingdomBritishUK
Similarly, when Great Britain was united with the Kingdom of Ireland in 1801 to form the United Kingdom, control over its colonial possessions passed to the latter state.

Irish Free State

Free StateIrelandIrish independence
Upon much of Ireland gaining independence in 1922 as the Irish Free State, the other territories of the Empire remained under the control of the United Kingdom.

List of states in the Holy Roman Empire

StateGerman statesmore than 1,000 entities
From 1714 to 1837 the British throne was held by a series of kings who were also the rulers of the German state of Hanover.

Kingdom of Hanover

HanoverHanoverianKingdom of Hannover
From 1714 to 1837 the British throne was held by a series of kings who were also the rulers of the German state of Hanover.

Emperor of India

Empress of IndiaKaisar-i-HindKing of India
In legal terms the territories included those formally under the sovereignty of the British monarch (who held the additional title of Emperor (or Empress) of India from 1876 to 1947); various "foreign" territories controlled as protectorates; territories transferred to British administration under the authority of the League of Nations or the United Nations; and miscellaneous other territories, such as the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, a condominium with Egypt.

League of Nations

The League of NationsCouncil of the League of NationsLeague
In legal terms the territories included those formally under the sovereignty of the British monarch (who held the additional title of Emperor (or Empress) of India from 1876 to 1947); various "foreign" territories controlled as protectorates; territories transferred to British administration under the authority of the League of Nations or the United Nations; and miscellaneous other territories, such as the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, a condominium with Egypt.

Anglo-Egyptian Sudan

SudanSudan Political ServiceAnglo-Egyptian Condominium
In legal terms the territories included those formally under the sovereignty of the British monarch (who held the additional title of Emperor (or Empress) of India from 1876 to 1947); various "foreign" territories controlled as protectorates; territories transferred to British administration under the authority of the League of Nations or the United Nations; and miscellaneous other territories, such as the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, a condominium with Egypt.

Condominium (international law)

condominiumBritish-French condominiumcondominiums
In legal terms the territories included those formally under the sovereignty of the British monarch (who held the additional title of Emperor (or Empress) of India from 1876 to 1947); various "foreign" territories controlled as protectorates; territories transferred to British administration under the authority of the League of Nations or the United Nations; and miscellaneous other territories, such as the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, a condominium with Egypt.

Dominion

DominionsBritish Dominiondominion status
A number of countries (dominions) within the British Empire gained independence in stages during the earlier part of the 20th century.

World War II

Second World WarwarWWII
Much of the rest of the Empire was dismantled in the twenty years following the end of the Second World War, starting with the independence of India and Pakistan in 1947, and considered to have ended with the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

India

IndianRepublic of IndiaIND
Much of the rest of the Empire was dismantled in the twenty years following the end of the Second World War, starting with the independence of India and Pakistan in 1947, and considered to have ended with the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

Pakistan

Islamic Republic of PakistanPAKPakistani
Much of the rest of the Empire was dismantled in the twenty years following the end of the Second World War, starting with the independence of India and Pakistan in 1947, and considered to have ended with the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

British Hong Kong

Hong KongColonial Hong KongBritish rule
Much of the rest of the Empire was dismantled in the twenty years following the end of the Second World War, starting with the independence of India and Pakistan in 1947, and considered to have ended with the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

Handover of Hong Kong

transfer of sovereignty over Hong Konghandovertransfer of sovereignty
Much of the rest of the Empire was dismantled in the twenty years following the end of the Second World War, starting with the independence of India and Pakistan in 1947, and considered to have ended with the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

Commonwealth realm

Commonwealth realmsrealmsCommonwealth
Fifteen of these (known, with the United Kingdom, as the 16 Commonwealth realms) retain the British monarch (currently Queen Elizabeth II) as Head of State.