A thread for general discussions, articles and images/videos about the British Empire.
At its height, it was the largest empire in history and, for over a century, was the foremost global power. By 1913, the British Empire held sway over 412 million people, 23% of the world population at the time, and by 1920, it covered 35,500,000 km2 (13,700,000 sq mi), 24% of the Earth's total land area. As a result, its political, legal, linguistic and cultural legacy is widespread. At the peak of its power, the phrase "the empire on which the sun never sets" was often used to describe the British Empire, because its expanse around the globe meant that the sun was always shining on at least one of its territories.
To start, here's a GIF animation showing the extent of British territory from 1492 through to the present day...
... followed by all countries/territories that were ever part of the empire (i.e. all time periods, combined).