This made it the largest empire the world had ever known. The foundations for the empire were laid between 1750 and 1850 during which Britain acquired India, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Rhodesia, Hong Kong, Gibraltar, several islands in the West Indies and various colonies on the African coast.
People also ask, what is the jewel of the crown?
The phrase 'the jewel in the crown' was formerly used to describe India's place in the British Empire, and is used today to refer to something of great value among other valuable things Their new goalkeeper is the jewel in Newcastle's crown.
How many countries did the British Empire rule?
Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colourful history, new research has found. Every schoolboy used to know that at the height of the empire, almost a quarter of the atlas was coloured pink, showing the extent of British rule.