Heroes and villains of the British Empire
Halston on 02/26/2009
|The British Empire was the most vast Empire of all times, most surely there will never be anything like it again. It took up nearly a quarter of the Earth's surface (27 million square miles) and one full quarter of the world's population (in 1914 that amounts to 390 million inhabitants along with Britain's own 41 million British inhabitants), living in 56 colonies.|
Scientific curiosity, greed, the love of trade, the lust for power, missionary inspiration, eccentricity - the people who built the British Empire all had one thing in common: a whopping amount of character and audacity. And these 'Brits' met natives who went through admiration, curiosity, rebellion and change.
All the famous people I have chosen here contributed to the British Empire in good and bad ways. Americans from the United States are not included in the Empire here, as they became members of an independent nation very early on.
I describe what each adventurer did, when and where and you recognize the name. I go on and on about them, but as soon as you guess who it is, you can play against the clock and click on the right answer.
Do not be discouraged by the surprising illustration here, perhaps you do not recognize this very famous figure of his time, but I chose the most famous figures of the British Empire in all cases and there are many you are bound to know.
Source: Penguin Atlas of the British Empire and years teaching this fascinating subject to my pupils.
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