What Are Some Former British Colonies?


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The United States of America, India, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong and Oman were all British colonies. There were also British colonies in what is now South Africa. The British also colonized other parts of Africa, including Kenya and Uganda.

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British conquests began in the Middle Ages. The British conquered Ireland in 1172 and parts of France during the Hundred Years' War. Modern British colonization started in 1497, when John Cabot made a claim on Newfoundland. At its peak, the British Empire encompassed a total population of nearly 500 million. Most of its colonies are now completely independent, and many are now affiliated with the Commonwealth of Nations, which replaced the British Empire in 1949.

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