The english language

Events

The Anglo Saxons invade Britain

500 AD

The vikings started raiding England

800 AD

The Normans invaded England

1066

There were only 6 million people speaking English

1500

The British started exploring the world and went on to establish colonies in for example North America, Australia, India and parts of Africa

Approx. 1700

The British colonies in North America formed a union and became the USA

1783

American political and cultural influence grew steadily

Approx. 1900

Today English is the mother tongue of about 400 million people and the second language of at least 1,4 billion

Approx. 2000