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British Empire Countries

Enter the countries that have been British at some point in history, no matter how short the period.
Current overseas territories are not included.
Quiz by LBA
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Last updated: July 29, 2012
First submittedJuly 29, 2012
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Country
Afghanistan
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belize
Bhutan
Botswana
Brunei
Burma (Myanmar)
Cameroon
Canada
Cyprus
Dominica
Egypt
Fiji
Country
The Gambia
Georgia
Ghana
Grenada
Guyana
India
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Jamaica
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Lesotho
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Mauritius
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Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
New Zealand
Nigeria
Oman
Palestine
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Qatar
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Country
Singapore
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tuvalu
Uganda
Tanzania
United States of America
Vanuatu
Zambia
Zimbabwe
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level 40
Jan 20, 2013
Luke, great idea for a quiz. But it doesn't work. I started off trying to include Britain... I tried every variation but it wouldn't let me enter any of them. And now I see it's not included in the quiz. Ideally, you should include the British Isle countries seperately... after all, they were the 1st countries incorporated into the empire. Scotland for instance is as much apart of the empire as Kenya was.
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level 22
Jan 23, 2013
That's because, the 4 countries that make up the UK or all come under the UK and the countries in the quiz were a part of the UK's empire. I'd have thought it fairly obvious that the UK was a member of its own Empire, therefore it is not included. I'm guessing you're from Scotland? Scotland may be getting a referendum on its independence but currently(and probably always will be), Scotland is a part of the UK.
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level 77
Jun 26, 2013
He's not Scottish. He's just... special..
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level 78
May 2, 2013
Excellent quiz. But one small quibble. All of the countries listed are sovereign territory now, except Anguilla. It is an overseas territory of the UK. So not sure if it should be removed or if the other UK territories (Caymans, Falklands, BIOT, etc.) should be added.
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level 77
Jun 26, 2013
Palestine is also not a soveriegn nation.
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level 77
Jun 26, 2013
hm.. interesting quiz. I had never heard of the Philippines being part of the British Empire before. I looked it up and turns out the British occupied Manila (and Cavite) for 2 years. Is that why they make the quiz? The Spanish provincial authorities still controlled the entire rest of the country. Doesn't seem like that should count. If it did, then China and France should also be on this quiz as parts of them were under English occupation for a time as well. Or Spain, as the UK took control of Gibraltar which is/was part of Spain. Or Argentina, since they took the Falklands. And so on..
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level 47
Jul 11, 2013
Britain also occupied Havana, Cuba. If they would put the Philippines on this quiz then they should add Cuba as well.
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level 47
Jul 11, 2013
And the British also controlled the Miskito coast of Nicaragua. They should add Nicaragua on this quiz too.
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level 13
Jul 2, 2013
41/74, how did I forget Ireland? I didn't know phillipines and Georgia were once british though.
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level 75
Aug 8, 2013
Both the Philippines and Georgia are on this list for a short military occupation of a city. Given that criteria I would expect China on the list as well as Germany (for WWII), Russia and other Soviet States (Archangel, Baku and Tashkent Red-White Civil War). British troops were also in Iran (Persia) from the end of WWI to the 1950s. In addition to Palestine (which I would keep in the quiz), I would also include Jordan, a client state similar to Egypt and Iraq. Its an interesting idea, made me think, but the definition as to what makes it part of British Empire needs to be cleaned up.
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level 46
Nov 19, 2013
Anguilla and Palestine away and this would be great quiz. I would also add either UK or England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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level 33
Feb 10, 2014
Anguilla is an overseas territory, so why is it on here?
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level 51
Feb 15, 2014
Yemen should be on this quiz.
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level 68
Mar 2, 2014
Mozambique was Portuguese, right? And Jordan isn't on here either.
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level 76
Mar 27, 2014
I think the UK should be on here. They are definitely British.
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level 32
Jun 4, 2014
This is a great idea for a quiz and I enjoyed. If I were you I wouldn't include non-self governing territories like Palestine and would also skip anything the British didn't actually administer, like the Philippines. After all, if you include every country they ever got off a boat at and staked a short term military claim somewhere in it then you would essentially be making a world country quiz.
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level 54
Jun 6, 2014
Anguilla is not an independent nation. If you include it, than you should also include Jersey, Guernsey, Gibraltar, etc. which then opens up the list to territories of other nations that were previously part of the British empire. And I've never seen evidence that the Brits claimed the Philippines.
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level 54
Jun 6, 2014
Also, where are UAE, Bahrain and Yemen? All were held by the Brits as protectorates for decades. And the Mosquito Coast of modern Nicaragua and Honduras was held officially as a protectorate for 60 years in the 19th century, but unofficially back to the mid-17th.
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level 54
Jun 7, 2014
Additionally, Britain claimed France for centuries and held parts of it for various times and post WWII, Britain controlled parts of Germany and Austria.
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level 51
Sep 22, 2014
Can you set "Gambia" to be accepted for "The Gambia"?
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level 18
Mar 4, 2015
I'm not sure Afghanistan was a British colony. It was nearly a soviet colony but neve british.
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level 39
Jul 12, 2015
Palestine and Anguilla aren't considered countries on Jetpunk. Palestine and Tanzania aren't in alphabetical order like the rest.
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level 49
Feb 18, 2016
Mozambique was always Portuguese. Suriname was always Dutch. Take those two off.
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level 45
Mar 15, 2016
Anguilla definitely isn't a country by any means.
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level 59
Jul 17, 2016
anguila is not a country
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level 43
Jul 18, 2017
70/74 first try
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level 45
Sep 14, 2017
Jordan was a British mandate occupied since the WWI. It should be included in the list. You must also add South Sudan, as it was a part of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. Present-day Eritrea was occupied by British after they defeated Italians in WWII, at battle of Keren.