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The British Empire included many of the colonies that as countries later formed the Commonwealth of Nations (British Commonwealth). The United Kingdom still includes England and most of the British Isles, but the Empire was effectively dissolved during the 20th century.

Remaining British Dependent Territories

The 14 sovereign possessions outside Britain were renamed as the "British Overseas Territories" in 2002. They are

  • Anguilla
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • Bermuda
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Falkland Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Montserrat
  • St. Helena and Dependencies (Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha)
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
  • the Sovereign Base Areas on Cyprus (Akrotiri and Dhekelia)

Other Countries and territories of the British Empire(variously 1500-1997)

Aden (Yemen)

Afghanistan * protectorate 1839-1919

Australia

Bahamas

Bahrain

Barbados

Basutoland (Lesotho)

Bechuanaland (Botswana)

British America (United States of America)

British Cameroon (Cameroon)

British Guyana (Guyana)

British Honduras (Belize)

British Somaliland (Somaliland)

British Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands)

Brunei

Burma (Myanmar)

Canada

Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Cook Islands (New Zealand)

Cyprus

Egypt * protectorate 1882-1922

Fiji

Gambia

Gilbert and Ellice Islands (Kiribati and Tuvalu)

Gold Coast (Ghana)

Grenada

Transjordan

Hong Kong

India (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh)

Iraq

Ireland

Jamaica

Kenya

Kuwait

Malaya (West Malaysia)

Maldive Islands

Malta

Mauritius

Miskito (Mosquito) Coast (Nicaragua / Honduras)

Newfoundland (Canada)

New Hebrides (with France)(Vanuatu)

New Zealand

Nigeria

North Borneo (Sabah, Malaysia)

Nyasaland (Malawi)

Oman

Papua New Guinea

Palestine (Israel)

Qatar

Rhodesia (Zimbabwe and Zambia)

Sarawak (East Malaysia)

St Kitts (St. Kitts and Nevis)

St Lucia

St Vincent

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

South Africa

Sudan

Swaziland / Ngwane

Tanganyika (Tanzania)

Tonga

Transjordan (Jordan)

Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago)

Trucial Oman (United Arab Emirates)

Uganda

Western Samoa (Samoa)

Zanzibar (Tanzania)

(see related map and historical links for complete list)

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