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The Historical Development of the British Empire

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The Historical Development of the British Empire


From the nineteenth century onwards, British-controlled territories on world maps were coloured pink. While red was the colour traditionally associated with the British Empire (red coats were worn by British soldiers, for example, from as early as the 1640s) black script is difficult to read on a red background. Pink, the closest colour to red, was therefore chosen as a printing compromise.