Donald V. Watkins
The British Crown Colonized, Raped, And Pillaged Over 70 Countries
Updated: Oct 11, 2022
By: Donald V. Watkins
Copyrighted and Published on September 10, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, 2022. Her death caused me to reflect on the long, ugly, and violent history of British colonization of countries around the world during the height of the British Empire and the imperial monarchy of Elizabeth's ancestors.
For over six hundred years, the sun never set on the British Empire because it spanned the globe.
Great Britain invaded foreign countries and took the natural resources out of them by force. At the time, British colonizers acted in the name of the King or Queen of England in power.
Great Britain never developed these countries beyond what it took to get the riches out of them with the least amount of expense to the British Crown.
The violence, mayhem, and subjugation that was inflicted upon the indigenous people of each country that was colonized were sustained, horrendous, and lasted for hundreds of years.
At its height, the British Empire consisted of more than 70 colonies, dominions, territories, and protectorates. Currently the British Empire consists of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Even after the British colonies, dominions, territories, and protectorates gained their independence, the British Crown retained the riches taken from them by force during Britain's occupation of them.
To this day, the British Crown owns vast real estate holdings and palaces in many of these independent nations.
A Listing of Former British Colonies, Dominions, Territories, and Protectorates
Former British colonies, dominions, territories, and protectorates and their year of independence are listed below. These places are depicted on the global map featured in this article.
Antigua and Barbuda-1981
Canada-1867–1982-(From 1949 this included Newfoundland and Labrador).
Iraq-1932 (British Mandate)
Ireland - 1948
Saint Kitts and Nevis-1983
St Vincent and the Grenadina Lines-1979
Trinidad and Tobago-1962
United Arab Emirates-1971
United States-1776. Prior to the American Revolution the 13 colonies were governed separately, these were New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
Current British Territories and Protectorates Overseas
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Island
Turks and Caicos Islands.
Every time a British monarch dies, I think of this sad history and remember the millions of indigenous peoples who died in the quest to liberate their countries from British rule. I save my tears for them.
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