Map of the World Showing the Extent of the British Empire in 1886
This clip below reminds me of Saint John's mindset during the Imperial British Empire.
The British Raj (rāj, lit. "reign" in Hindi) was the British rule in the Indian subcontinent between 1858 and 1947. The term can also refer to theperiod of dominion. The region under British control, commonly called 'India' in contemporary usage, included areas directly administered by the United Kingdom (contemporaneously, "British India") as well as the princely states ruled by individual rulers under the paramountcy of the British Crown. The region was less commonly also called the Indian Empire. As India, it was a founding member of the League of Nations, a participating nation in the Summer Olympics in 1900, 1920, 1928, 1932, and 1936, and a founding member of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945.
The system of governance was instituted in 1858, when the rule of the British East India Company was transferred to the Crown in the person ofQueen Victoria (and who, in 1876, was proclaimed Empress of India), and lasted until 1947, when the British Indian Empire was partitioned into two sovereign dominion states, the Union of India (later the Republic of India) and the Dominion of Pakistan (later the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the eastern half of which, still later, became the People's Republic of Bangladesh). At the inception of the Raj in 1858, Lower Burma was already a part of British India; Upper Burma was added in 1886, and the resulting union, Burma, was administered as a province until 1937, when it became a separate British colony, gaining its own independence in 1948.