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The discovery of gold in Australia
Discovery of Diamonds in South Afrika
First railway in britain
The First World War
The Second World War
Christopher columbus sailes to the west indies
The kings of England had lost control of all of Ireland except for coastal towns
Captain John Smith founded a permanent colony at Jamestown in Virginia
The East India Company began to build up a small empire of trading posts in India.
The first successful English colonies in the West Indies were found
During the Seven Years' War (1756‒1763) the British won Canada from the French
Captain James Cook claimed New Zealand for the British crown
Britain had established an empire which comprised: Colonies in Canada, America and the West Indies. Trading posts in India. Naval bases in the Mediterranean - Gibraltar and Minorca.
There was a rebellion in India (the Indian Mutiny). The government took over rule of India from the East India Company.
Canada was given 'dominion' (self-governing) status, followed by Australia and New Zealand in 1907
Queen Victoria was declared 'Empress of India'
The 'Scramble for Africa' – Britain acquired colonies in Africa stretching from Cairo to Cape Town.
The Treaty of Versailles gave Germany's colonies as 'mandates' for Britain and France to administer
The British Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium. The Empire looked happy and strong
The British government agreed the Balfour Declaration – that Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa were completely independent countries
Britain formally handed Hong Kong back to China
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