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From the 17th century, Europe entered an age of exploration during which superpowers including Spain, Portugal, England and the Netherlands expanded their territories around the world. The British Empire was made up of the colonies, protectorates, mandates and other territories that spanned one fifth of the world’s population and one quarter of the world’s landmass by 1922, making it the largest empire in history. Notable colonies that achieved independence from Britain include the United States of America in the 18th century, and India and a number of African countries in the 20th century. In the aftermath of WWII, Britain was economically and financially embattled and could not sustain its empire, leading to an era of decolonisation.
Learn more about the development of the British Empire, the factors leading to the establishment of an empire, the role of Queen Victoria, and the impact of the British Raj in India with our KS3 resources. You’ll find Student Activities, Lesson Presentation, and Revision Notes ready to download below. KS3 resources are ideally suited for Years 7, 8 and 9, or ages 11-14.