• Donald V. Watkins

The British Crown Colonized, Raped, And Pillaged Over 70 Countries

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.


Afghanistan -1919

Antigua and Barbuda-1981

Australia-1901 -1986

The Bahamas-1973

Bahrain-1971

Barbados-1966

Belize-1981

Botswana-1966

Brunei-1984

Canada-1867–1982-(From 1949 this included Newfoundland and Labrador).

Cyprus-1960

Dominica-1978

Egypt-1922

Fiji-1970

The Gambia-1965

Ghana-1957

Grenada-1974

India-1947

Iraq-1932 (British Mandate)

Ireland - 1948

Jamaica-1962

Jordan-1946

Kenya-1963

Kiribati-1979

Kuwait-1961

Lesotho-1964

Malawi-1964

Malaysia-1957

Maldives-1965

Malta-1964

Mauritius-1968

Myanmar-(Burma)-1948

Nauru-1968

New Zealand-1907–1986

Nigeria-1960

Pakistan-1947

Qatar-1971

St Lucia-1971

Saint Kitts and Nevis-1983

St Vincent and the Grenadina Lines-1979

Seychelles-1976

Sierra Leone-1961

Soloman Islands-1978

South Africa-1910–1961

Sri Lanka-1948

Sudan -1956

Swaziland-1968

Tanzania-1961

Tonga-1970

Trinidad and Tobago-1962

Tuvalu-1978

Uganda-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.

Vanuatu-1980

Yemen-1967

Zambia-1964

Zimbabwe-1980


Current British Territories and Protectorates Overseas


Anguilla

Bermuda

British Antarctic Territory

British Indian Ocean Territory

British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands

Falkland Islands

Gibraltar

Montserrat

Pitcairn Islands

Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Island

Turks and Caicos Islands.


Epilogue


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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