Britain 1837 CE

The British empire has expanded as a result of the Napoleonic Wars.

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What is happening in Britain in 1837CE

The Industrial Revolution has been transforming much of the landscape of the Midlands and the North of England with smoky factories, huge new industrial towns, canals and now, in their infancy, railways. The social landscape is also changing as a large new urban working class appears, accompanied by an expanding middle class. The political landscape, hitherto dominated by the old landed aristocracy, begins also to change: the Great Reform Bill of 1832 is the start of a major process of democratization which will end several decades later with all British adults having the vote.

Abroad, the long Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815) saw great British victories against the French, most notably at Trafalgar (1805) and Waterloo (1815). Britain ended the wars as one of the leading powers in Europe, her navy in complete control of the seas, and a larger overseas empire than before, with the expansion of her territories in India and Australia and new additions in South Africa and the East Indies.

This year (1837) sees Queen Victoria begin her long reign.

Next map, Britain in 1871

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