The World 1913

It was said that the sun never set on the British Empire, at least at the empire's height. In other words, its territories stretched across the globe so somewhere in the empire it was always daylight. By 1913, however, the British Empire had passed its zenith and many of its territories had gained a measure of independence; Canada, for example, was part of the larger British commonwealth but was by this point largely self-governed. Other empires around the world were equally powerful, such as the massive Russian empire, and Africa remained a site where various imperial powers (including Great Britain, France, and Belgium) contested for resources. This map shows major imperial territories around the world just prior to the outbreak of the First World War. The early twentieth century was ultimately the beginning of the end for the world's empires.