Countries with Colonial Empires

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Empires since 1300 counting any empire that was in existence any time since 1300
Includes countries that are no longer in existence
An empire is an aggregate of nations or people ruled over by an emperor or other powerful sovereign or government
Empires may have started before 1300
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Last updated: March 22, 2021
First submittedMay 19, 2017
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Dates
Empire
875-1397
Norwegian Empire
1299-1922
Ottoman Empire
1415-2002
Portuguese Empire
1492-1975
Spanish Empire
1534-present
French Empire
1580-1922
Russian Empire
1583-1707
English Empire
1602-present
Dutch Empire
1620-present
Danish Empire
1621-1707
Scottish colonization of the Americas
1638-1663
Swedish Empire
Dates
Empire
1638-1721
Brandenburg-Prussia
1651-1655
Knights Hospitaller of Malta
1651-1664
Duchy of Courland and Semigallia
1652-1892
Muscat and Oman
1707-1828
Kingdom of Siam
1707-present
British Empire
1719-1750
Habsburg Austria
1778-1783
Habsburg Austria
1785-1878
Swedish Empire
1817-present
United States of America
1868-1945
Japanese Empire
Dates
Empire
1884-1918
German Empire
1885-1960
Italian Empire
1885-1962
Belgian Empire
1901-1917
Austro-Hungarian Empire
1901-present
Australia
1907-present
New Zealand
1915-1990
South Africa
1922-1991
USSR
1975-present
Morocco
1991-present
Russia
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Level 82
Mar 21, 2021
With the yellow box... this one is strictly for imperiophiles who like to memorize dates.
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Level 84
Mar 21, 2021
I like this idea, but as a yellow box quiz I feel like it could use more time.
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Level 74
Mar 22, 2021
Do you think 5 minutes would be enough or should I add a full minute?
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Level 75
Mar 24, 2021
Genoa had colonies in the Black Sea area and other places until the late 15th century, perhaps they belong too?
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Level 75
Mar 24, 2021
The south-east Asian Majapahit empire in the 1300s reached from Thailand to Timor to the Philippines, perhaps they also belong? If not, the definition perhaps needs to be looked at. I'm not 100% sure I understand the colonial criteria for inclusion given Siam makes the list. If more broadly, meeting the definition of an empire is sufficient, then perhaps many other African and Latin American entries would be needed?
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Level 67
Apr 4, 2021
Agree. For example, how was South Africa ever an empire? How is New Zealand an empire? Why does this not include the Safavid, Mughal, and Inca Empires (just to name a few), not to mention Ming/Qing China?

I get the general idea behind this, but the term "colonial empire" is usually used in reference to the age of European Imperialism. I'd say you should either try to narrow your definition (like maybe focus only on European empires) or include every empire between 1300 and today.