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An odd statement for a quasi-neo-imperialist to say, I know, but if the Colonials hadn't (justifiably) got shirty over lack of representation in Parliament, the British Empire would never have become the behemoth that it did.
Thanks to the rebellion/revolution, the British Government changed the way it conducted itself so as to ensure such an incident would never happen again.
Had they not, a revolution similar to that seen in France, 1789, would have very likely occurred on home turf.
The French leadership maintained their "all powerful" façade, and in assisting the American colonies, spent a fortune. This further angered their already irate people, who, in seeing that it could be done, decided to have a little revolution of their own.
So, with the economy booming thanks to renewed transatlantic trade between Fair Blighty and the newly formed United States and with Britain's arch enemy France focused on tearing itself apart, there was nothing to stop the Empire's expansion.

By 1922, it consisted of 458 million people across 13 million square miles.

22% of the Earth's habitable surface.

Thanks, Yanks!

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malinborn Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
a very belated.. you're welcome
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SloppyJoe7 Jul 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Umm... Your welcome?
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:icontalinuva:
And the sun still hasn't set.
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RennisTora Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Meh, I'm Canadian.
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ShawnLeroy Jul 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha! A very enlightened look at History, my good fellow.
I agree. Some people say America is still "technically" a British colony. Best way to rule is from the shadows. Best slaves are those who think they are free. ;)
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shinsengumi77 Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh God Dammit! :nuu:
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Marshall123x Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
nice history lesson yo.
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darkecofreak23 Jul 6, 2013  Student Writer
You're welcome, you tosh pot. lol ;)
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In my opinion the whole thing not only strengthened Britain's empire but also somewhat raised the English view of the Americans. Not only did that weird "special relationship" start almost immediately with the proto conservatives immediately preferring Britain over France, the Brits tended to grant a rather lot of leeway to the nascent Yankee state. While the redcoats did fight the continentals again in 1812, overall the UK seemed to treat their offspring-nation with more respect than their more loyal nations. Most territorial disputes of the Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries between the USA and Canada often ended with the Brits supporting the USA's side, such as with the Alaskan dispute of 1903. The only time the USA firmly backed away from land grabbing was when it eventually decided "you know what, maybe we don't need the ENTIRE west coast of North America, and any way we'ze invadin Mexicans at the moment" aka 1846-1848
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FeralDrive Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If only the UK actually meant something to the rest of the world today like say, Germany ... oh well.
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