1815-1914

The British Empire

Turning Points

Of the British Empire

In this section you will find essays on a number of events that had a significant impact on the history of the British Empire. The list is not final and I am adding new essays all the time.


Yorktown 1781

The 1788 Fleet to Australia

The Indian Rebellion of 1857



The Ashanti War

The Jameson Raid

The Opening of the Suez Canal






The Discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand

The Repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846


The Jamaican Rebellion of 1865


The Abolition of the Slave Trade


The Canadian Uprisings 1837


The Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi

D Roberts’ ‘Inauguration of the Great Exhibition’