Largest Empire in History
An empire is a type of government structure which dates back to the early and medieval days. Empires are generally viewed as a tyrannical organization and sometimes affiliated with evil. If you had watched several fantasy movies or other forms of media then you should know that they are always the bad guys. Going back to reality, there have been some notable empires that have grown to give positive contributions to the world. An empire’s concept is that one life doesn’t matter as long as the empire lives on. Throughout the course of history there have been numerous territories in various timelines. The scope and magnitude of an empire is measured to the number of nations and areas under its rule. The empire that currently has the title of being the largest is the British Empire and their empire started a long time ago. It stretched up to a record of 33.7 million square kilometers during their imperial years.
The British Empire started from 1497 in the time of King Henry VIII of England. This was during the time where explorations to the new worlds were popular. European nations like Spain and Portugal were hot on the trail in discovering new worlds and during this time places like America and Africa were discovered which lead to their colonization.
First British Empire
1578 marked the rise of the first British Empire under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. New world explorations were still popular during this time provided they were approved by the Queen herself thus letting her gain ownership of these newly found colonies. In 1603 marked the debut of the English East India Company which administered overseas trade in various Asian countries under its rule.
Second British Empire
The second empire rose in 1783 marking the beginning with wars against India in 1617. The English East India Company was also abolished during this era where the wars were rampant between the two factions. The wars didn’t end in India as it would also have troubles in their American settlements in 1760. During this time several American colonies revolted against the rule of the British. This evidently led to the independence of America from the British Empire’s rule.
Post Empire, Decline and Legacy
During the early 1900’s when the world wars were happening, it was already slowly declining. They were already individual nations whom partake in the world wars. Then again, most of the wars were started and escalated by several post British Empire nations. It ended in 1997 at the Handover Ceremony wherein the last remaining British Empire colony was granted independence. This ceremony was attended by Prince Charles of Wales himself marking the end of the Empire.
Despite having a mountain pile of controversies also had its share of contributions and positive points throughout history. Their legacy lives on even today in several historical and entertainment shows showing its grandeur and glory of how it came and ended through the centuries.