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Biggest British Empire Countries

Name the modern-day countries with the most territory that was part of the British Empire.
Based mostly on this map
Not including territory held for less than 10 years
Last updated: March 06, 2017
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km2
Country
100
10,000,000
Canada
100
7,700,000
Australia
100
3,200,000
India
25
2,400,000
United States
100
1,900,000
Sudan
100
1,200,000
South Africa
100
1,000,000
Egypt
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km2
Country
100
950,000
Tanzania
100
920,000
Nigeria
100
890,000
Pakistan
100
830,000
Namibia
100
750,000
Zambia
100
680,000
Myanmar
100
650,000
Afghanistan
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level 67
Mar 6, 2017
Only a quarter of the USA was part of the British Empire? I thought it was more. I know some was under French control and a fair bit was still owned/controlled by native Americans, but that 25% figure surprised me.
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level 59
Mar 7, 2017
If I'm not mistaken the 25% refer to the area in kmĀ² today. So it may seem like a small number.
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level 61
Mar 7, 2017
well, Alaska was russian controlled, Florida and a very big part of the south west were spanish/mexican, france had Louisiana which was far more then just the state of Louisiana. basically england only controlled new england, most of the eastcoast, the south minus louisiana and florida and the big lakes
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level 67
Mar 7, 2017
Britain not just England
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level 71
Mar 6, 2017
Amazing how the UK itself is way smaller than all of these countries.
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level 77
Jun 18, 2017
Yes, the UK itself was my first guess. Didn't realize the British Empire controlled such large portions of so many other countries. For those wondering, the UK is 242,500 sq km.
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level 49
Sep 9, 2017
That's why Thomas Paine wrote "Common Sense" in the first place
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level 62
Mar 7, 2017
I guess Pink Floyd was wrong.
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level 56
Mar 21, 2017
just wanna know, when did Britain controlled 100% Afghanistan?
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level 48
Jun 16, 2017
From what Wikipedia has told me Afghanistan was a British Protectorate from 1879-1919.
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level 60
Sep 29, 2018
Did someone tell the Afghans about it. If I recall they handed the Brits one of their worst defeats sometime in the 1830s.
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level 39
Apr 18, 2017
Quizmaster, I believe Afghanistan never became part of the British empire, it was a buffer state between russians and the british.
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level 65
Jun 16, 2017
Yeah; that map QM used as a source is misleading. PARTS of Afghanistan were territory of the Empire, but only small bits, mostly areas around their military bases. They never controlled the whole country.
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level 70
Sep 9, 2017
Neither have the Afghanis.
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level 66
Jun 16, 2017
The status of the "white dominions" was fuzzy, but I think that South Africa's independent status had reached approximately that of Canada's by the end of WWI. And then, I think, German South-West Africa (Namibia) was transferred directly to South Africa under the mandate system. Could be wrong.
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level 55
Jun 16, 2017
Yes, South Africa basicly governed it after 1918. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Namibia
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level 21
Jun 12, 2018
Yes, Namibia was not under British rule as SA was already a dominion when the mandate over the former German South-West Africa was given to it. It shouldn't count imo.
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level 49
Jun 16, 2017
Good quiz, master.
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level 41
Jun 17, 2017
I never knew Britain once ruled the whole of the Canadian territory? I thought parts were once part of the French empire, for example Quebec, hence why French is an official language there
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level 46
Jun 19, 2017
French people were the original settlers to Canada, the British came after and conquered it from the French. The highest concentration of french people at the time of British colonization were in Quebec and Acadia (what's now New Brunswick and parts of Nova Scotia). Quebec fiercely defended their French culture and resisted assimilation for many years and when Canada became an independent country, French was given official status to accommodate the Quebeckers I'm skipping quite a few steps in there but that's the gist of what happened. Source: Canadian with French heritage.
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level 44
Sep 29, 2017
The one with India is incorrect. Parts of India like Goa were part of Portugal, while Pondicherry French, Sikkim was an independent Buddhist Kingdom like Bhutan.
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level 47
Mar 24, 2018
Namibia was never a British Colony. There were some British settlements but that's all.
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level 60
Sep 29, 2018
If it was anyone's colony, it was the Germans. But I think that South Africa overran the place in 1914 and it became a mandate of South Africa.