The British Empire

The term British Empire refers to the of the colonies and territories once ruled by the United Kingdom. The British Empire was the largest empire in history.

The empire began in the late 16th century with overseas trading posts and colonies set up by England. Its peak was from the mid-19th to early 20th century. During this time, the British Empire covered almost 25% of the Earth’s total land mass and controlled nearly a fifth of the world’s population!

The map shows the territories that were at one time or another part of the British Empire.