Aquisitions made by the British Empire

Main

Sierra Leone

1781

Cape of Good Hope (South Africa)

1806

New Zealand

1840

Hong Kong becomes a British colony

1842

After Opium Wars

India

1857

After the Indian Mutiny, the British crown gained governmental control from the East India Company.

India granted independence

1947

First to be granted independence--following nationalist movements

Hong Kong

1997

Last significant British colony given independence (returned to sovereignty)