The British Empire was a worldwide system of dependencies under the sovereignty of the crown of Great Britain. It began in England followed by the conquest over the rest of the British Isles. The empire's capital was in London. At its height in the late 19th and early 20th centuries it was the largest empire in history and covered about a quarter of the world’s land surface with territory on every continent. Trade ties with nations outside of its sovereignty reinforced its global dominance.
England made its initial attempts for overseas settlements in the 16th century with the earliest settlements formed under the enterprise of companies, often encouraged by the crown. These areas of influence were scattered in North America and East Asia.
In 1591, the first English colony was settled on Roanoke Island. It did not survive as it was attacked by a vampire who turned all the 121 settlers into vampires leaving only one message carved into a tree "Croatoan".
In 1617 AD, the Mughal Emperor of India gave the British East India Company permission to trade. They became a superpower in the region with rulers becoming dependent on the company's financial and military backing.
Shipping and trade were the main ways Britain exercised control in the 17th century. Colonies were regarded as a source of raw materials. During this century sugar and tobacco plantations were developed in the Caribbean and North America. These expedition were lead by Sir Francis Drake on one such expedition the ships surgeon was injured by the natives becoming the immortal creature known as Bloodscream.
The Pilgrims a group of English settlers who were fleeing the volatile political environment in England travelled aboard the Mayflower, from Plymouth to the New World. At least one member of the Clan Akkaba was on board the ship.
Another Pilgrim ship the Pandora was across the Atlantic Ocean to restart in the New World. One day their ship was swept in a whirlpool that was also a portal into the Negative Zone. They have spent the centuries fighting Annihilus whom they view as the literal Biblical Devil.
The Clan Akkaba settled in London using the growing empire to influence the world and their mission of safeguarding the legacies and mantras of their lord and ancestor. They even had a member aboard the Mayflower's voyage to the New World.
In the 18th century, British military and naval power was the engine driving colonial expansion.
Western trade began and became very favorable at first for China with porcelain and tea in demand, while they wanted very little form westerners, however the British Empire found a market importing Indian cotton and opium. The latter was banned by imperial decree.
The Hellfire Club began in London as a social club for the British social elite and wealthy in the 1760's as a way to provide its members with pleasures that often defied the moral standards of the time and to allow members to consolidate their influence over British economic and political matters.
A war between the Britain and France caused great conflict in the world and the territories. It was at this time the American Revolutionary War began, and they lost the 13 colonies that formed their own independent nation, the United States of America.
In the 19th century, the Empire was at its peak ruling over half the planet. The Empire developed a unified system of colonial governance. In 1807, slavery was abolished throughout the empire.
The Empire went to war with France beginning the Napoleonic Wars in 1803. Britain defeated Napoléon Bonaparte and his armies at Waterloo in 1815 and took many of their colonies in the process.
In the 19th century, the British arrived settling a colony that would later become the nation of Australia.
In 1839, China tried to stop the opium trade and commissioner Lin Zexu detained all foreigners in Guangzhou and destroyed 2000 chests of opium. In retaliation, Britain declared war, defeating China with 3 years. This lead to the concession of Hong Kong being signed over to them for the next 150 years.
In 1850 AD, while many native princes nominally ruled, the true power was with the company whole controlled most of India. The aftermath of the 1857 AD Indian Rebellion saw the British government dissolve the Company, administering the regions directly and with local leaders.
In 1860, the British and the French allied together to fight the Chinese during the the Second Opium War. They faced the Iron Fist at the Forts of Taku. Although a great warrior, he and his army lost, were taken prisoner, and forced into hard labor, and then the power of the Iron Fist left him.
End of the Empire
In 1947, India gains it's independence and is split into the free states of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
- 3 Appearances of British Empire
- Minor Appearances of British Empire
- 3 Media British Empire was Mentioned in
- 1 Images that include British Empire
- Team Gallery: British Empire
Links and References
- ↑ Marvel Comics Presents #63
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Marvel Atlas #1; India's entry
- ↑ Wolverine Vol 2 #78
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 X-Men: Apocalypse vs. Dracula #1
- ↑ Fantastic Four Vol 3 #41
- ↑ Amazing High Adventure #1
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Marvel Atlas #1; China's entry
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #5
- ↑ Captain America #194
- ↑ Fantastic Four Vol 4 #10
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Marvel Atlas #1; Australia's entry
- ↑ Mystic #44
- ↑ Amazing High Adventure #4
- ↑ Invincible Iron Man #506
- ↑ Marvel Tales #156
- ↑ Immortal Iron Fist #3
- ↑ Marvel Atlas #1; New Zealand's entry
- ↑ Marvel Atlas #2; Egypt's entry
- ↑ Semper Fi #4