The Influence Of The British Empire

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The British Empire is arguably the most important and influential empire to ever exist. Their extreme power and many colonies in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries made it immortalized in history. The sheer size of the British Empire was something special in itself. As the article in the research states, "By 1921, the British Empire ruled a population of between 470 and 570 million people, approximately one-quarter of the world 's population. It also covered about 14.3 million square miles, about a quarter of the Earth 's total land area" (N.W.E, p. 1). This evidence really puts it into perspective how massive the British Empire really was. An empire that large in scale must have made a great impact on history. This paper will be generally centered around the impact and influence they had on history. One interesting thing that needs to be discussed is how the British empire acquired the phrase "The empire on which the sun never sets" to be used to describe them. That term originated around the 1500 's and 1600 's and was used to describe the Spanish Empire. They were given this descriptive phrase due to their vast amounts of territories and immense power. Later, this phrase was used to describe the British Empire starting approximately in the 1700 's. The article said that the British Empire was referred to using that phrase, "because the empire 's span across the globe ensured that the sun was always shining on at least one of its numerous colonies" (N.W.E, 2016, p.

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