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Posted on Jan 19, 2010 in War College

MAP OF THE MONTH – British Empire Colonial Expansion

By Armchair General

European Colonial Expansion 1820 - 1939: British Empire Trading Routes and Construction animated map. Courtesy of The Map As History 

Armchair General has partnered with The Map as History, a company that produces outstanding animated maps with accompanying narration. Each month, a link to one of their animated maps will be featured on the ACG site.

This month’s map explores European Colonial Expansion 1820–1939: British Empire Trading Routes and Construction.


The map shows locations of British colonies in Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific, 1820–1939, and explains why Britain established colonies where it did. Click on the map above to view animation.

Britain’s expansion sparked a number of colonial wars. Suggested online reading:

Second Boer War

Second Matabele War

Second Afghan War

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