British Worldwide Expansion


in The Making and Unmaking of Empires

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226665
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191706813 | DOI:
British Worldwide Expansion

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The term ‘expansion’ is used here to describe the processes by which the British became involved in areas outside of Europe. This chapter analyzes three main forms of expansion: trade through the importing of commodities produced overseas and the export of British goods; the migration of British people, either as more or less permanent settlers or as ‘sojourners’ who sought their fortunes overseas before returning home; and the diffusion of metropolitan British values, beliefs, and tastes, both among people of British origin and among others who came in contact with them. Those processes had roots far back in the seventeenth century, but volumes of trade and migration, and the spread of British values – sometimes called ‘Anglicisation’ – were all increasing at a high rate by the mid-eighteenth century.

Keywords: expansion; imports; exports; migration; settlers; sojourners; Anglicisation

Chapter.  21045 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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