Approximately 60 modern countries were formerly colonies of the British Empire. Notable modern countries among these include Australia, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Nigeria, Malaysia, India, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and the United States. The empire was so vast that it spawned the saying, “The sun never sets on the British Empire.”Know More
The beginnings of the British Empire trace back to 1578. During the latter parts of the Empire’s reign, the British frequently clashed with the Netherlands over land in Asia. Additionally, France was a significant adversary at the time, as both nations tried to conquer as many areas as possible. The British Empire began collapsing shortly after World War I. Several factors contributed to the collapse of the empire, including the unwillingness of some of the colonies to continue to accept British rule and the incredible cost of maintaining such a vast empire. The signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 made it difficult for Britain to exercise control over its colonies. Accordingly, the empire was dissolved and replaced with a voluntary union, called the Britain Commonwealth of Nations.
In September 2014, the citizens of Scotland voted to reject a proposal for independence from the United Kingdom. This represents the first time a country voted to stay aligned with the former empire.Learn More
England has a temperate maritime climate. The Gulf Stream creates generally mild, maritime-influenced weather patterns, leading to England's rainy climate and resulting in a lush green countryside.Full Answer >
England is located on the continent of Europe. England also is a country of the United Kingdom. The countries that make up the United Kingdom are Northern Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland.Full Answer >
London, England is actually two ancient cities that are now combined together. One of these two cities is the City of London, sometimes just called "the City," which is the business and financial center of the United Kingdom. The second ancient city is the City of Westminister, where Parliament and the majority of the government offices are located. The two cities combined are known as the region of Greater London.Full Answer >
Football, or soccer as it is known to Americans, is overwhelmingly the most popular sport in the United Kingdom, although rugby league, rugby union, cricket, tennis, hockey and golf also have a strong presence. Certain sports also enjoy regional popularity, such as shinty, which attracts enormous crowds in the Scottish Highlands, but has almost no presence in other parts of the U.K.Full Answer >