Talk on ‘The Expansion of Victoria’s Empire’
When Victoria ascended the throne in 1837 as an eighteen year old, the British Empire was in a period of transition. It's scattered territories covered two million square miles. These territories mainly in the Caribbean and in India existed mainly for trading purposes, to make money for British merchants and to provide British industrialists with the raw materials for their emerging factories and for a market for the products of those factories. By the time Victoria died in 1901, the Empire covered some 12.8 square miles, one fifth of the world and included 60 dependencies and a number of dominions. The Empire by then served not just merchants and industrialists but also settlers, missionaries, explorers, financiers and those wanting work within the Colonial service.
The Empire in 1901 had become the largest empire the world had ever seen and had a lasting impact on not just Britain but vast areas of the world -
This talk looks at how and why the Empire expanded and to what extent it did so as a result of government policy and to what extent the expansion was the result of a reaction to geo-
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