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“When Britain first, at heaven’s command, / Arose from out of the azure main; / This was the charter of the land, / And guardian Angels sung this strain: / Rule, Britannia, rule the waves…” At its peak in 1918, the British Empire controlled roughly a quarter of the world’s population and land surface. Britain dominated both the land and the seas, making it the largest Empire ever recorded.

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Jeanie PetersonProfessor HopesHum. 31417 June 2011Imperium et libertasWhen Britain first, at heavens command, / Arose from out of the azure main; / This was the charter of the land, / And guardian Angels sung this strain: / Rule, Britannia, rule the waves1 At its peak in 1918, the British Empire controlled roughly a quarter of the worlds population and land surface. Britain dominated both the land and the seas, making it the largest Empire ever recorded.2 However, Britain proved to be a reluctant Empire since they had what no other previous Empire had: history. The Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Austrian, Ottoman, and Mughal were often considered by the British when dealing with their colonies, but never as much as the Roman Empire. Unlike their Roman predecessor, however, the British based their empire on trade and profit rather than conquest. The Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias said it best when he precisely portrayed the motivating principal behind exploration and colonization as, God, Gold, Glory.3 The British were originally more interested in economic enterprise than the glory of territory usurpation. They were actually hesitant to take control over their conquered territories, fearing an end similar to that of the Roman Empire. The shift from a trading to ruling empire began once the British government started to intervene in the affairs of their territories. The British claimed that their rule would be temporary, that they were only pre

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