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Empire and the New Worlds

The Empire and the New Worlds

The ending of the Napoleonic Wars, left Britain as the pre-eminent maritime power with a worldwide power base, set for expansion. The years of peace in Europe, after Waterloo in 1815, allowed Britain to concentrate on trade with her empire. Indeed it was local conflicts, mainly over trading interests, which led to the expansion of the Empire rather than any planned aggrandisement.