When Britannia Ruled the Waves

Have you ever wanted to sail across the ocean or explore an undiscovered land? Imagine what it would have been like to live during the time of great explorers like Christopher Columbus when new lands were being discovered!

The Age of Exploration began in the 1400s and continued until the early 1600s. During this time, European nations began exploring the world. Tea and spices from the Far East and India were very valuable. The demand for these items had European sailors searching for faster, shorter paths to Asia. This path was known as the Spice Route.

At first, most of these journeys were led by Portugal and Spain. By the early 1500s, England began to send more and more ships to foreign lands looking for these goods, too. By the late 16th century, England was setting up overseas trading posts and ports. Soon, England became the largest empire in world history.

By the 18th century, England had colonies all over the world! But, by the beginning of the 20th century, the size and power of the British Empire began to decrease as places like India gained their independence.

Even though it no longer exists, billions of people’s lives are still affected by the British Empire. For example, English is the most widely used language in the world today.

This year, I’m circling the globe! I’ll visit: Sydney, Montreal, Mumbai, Malaysia, Singapore, St. Kitts, and Zambia. By visiting these places, I hope to better how understand this tiny country changed the world.