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Former Colonies of the British Empire

From the dates they left the British Empire, name the countries once part of it.
This quiz lists only colonies which have officially gained independence from the U.K.
Not included are colonies which were made part of Britain and never left
Also not included are colonies which did not become countries upon leaving Britain, such as Hong Kong and Palestine.
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Last updated: March 13, 2019
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Dates
Country
1783
United States of America
1867
Canada
1901
Australia
1907
New Zealand
1910
South Africa
1919
Afghanistan
1922
Egypt
1932
Iraq
1946
Jordan
1947
Pakistan
1947
India
1948
Myanmar
1948
Ceylon
1948
Israel
1956
Sudan
1957
Ghana
1957
Malaysia
1960
Cyprus
1960
Nigeria
1961
Sierra-Leone
1961
Kuwait
1961
Tanzania
1962
Uganda
1962
Jamaica
1962
Trinidad and Tobago
1963
Kenya
1964
Malawi
1964
Malta
1964
Zambia
1965
The Gambia
Dates
Country
1965
Maldives
1966
Guyana
1966
Botswana
1966
Lesotho
1966
Barbados
1967
Yemen
1968
Nauru
1968
Mauritius
1968
Swaziland
1970
Tonga
1970
Fiji
1971
Qatar
1971
Bahrain
1971
United Arab Emirates
1973
The Bahamas
1974
Grenada
1976
Seychelles
1978
Tuvalu
1978
Solomon Islands
1978
Dominica
1979
Saint Lucia
1979
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
1979
Kiribati
1980
Zimbabwe
1980
Vanuatu
1981
Belize
1982
Antigua and Barbuda
1983
Saint Kitts and Nevis
1984
Brunei
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level 63
Mar 23, 2017
Could you accept Bahamas and Gambia without 'the'?
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level 63
May 3, 2017
Surprised that Ireland is not on the list, were they not a colony of the UK that became independent in 1921?
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level 51
May 3, 2017
Ireland as a whole has never been a British colony. It has been invaded numerous times, dating back to an 1171 occupation, but during the time of the British empire it went from a kingdom (similar to modern Commonwealth countries, it was under the reigning monarch but not the country itself) to Northern Ireland, while the remainder of Ireland expanded to fill much of the island.
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level 36
Aug 8, 2017
You forgot Singapore,Bangladesh
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level 51
Aug 8, 2017
The situation of Bangladesh is complicated, to say the least. It was never officially a colony but did gain independence from the U.K. I will add Singapore, however.
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level 51
Aug 8, 2017
Upon further investigation, Singapore went from a colony of Britain to being occupied by Japan to a semi-country state post-WWII to a merger with Malaysia and only then did it become a fully fledged country.
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level 71
Jan 29, 2018
Apparently partial conquests do not apply(?)
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level 51
Jan 30, 2018
Yes. Edge cases are usually not included (for example, Bangladesh - see above). Hence France does not appear, among others.
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level 62
Jan 18, 2019
Did you leave out Hong Kong and Palestine because the British handed them over to other countries rather than granting them independence outright? If so, perhaps an additional explanatory note is in order, which would cover the Singapore case as well. Former colonies relinquished by Britian, which did not immediately become independent, sovereign nations are also excluded. Or something like that...
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level 51
Mar 13, 2019
I'll add a note about this -- the quiz is just countries, not possessions which changed hands like Hong Kong or land claims like Palestine. (Although Palestine may have *some* claim to countryhood nowadays, though not much, it certainly didn't when it was released from British rule. It was then, officially speaking, part of the land area that was then declared Israel.)