VICTORIANS ON THE GO

THE BRITISH EMPIRE

Beginning in the 1500s, Great Britain sought to colonize foreign lands to increase trade, wealth, and the size of its empire. After losing the American Revolution in 1783, Britain turned its focus to the east. Defeating Napoleon in 1815, Great Britain found itself with unparalleled power. It began to settle the Pacific extensively. Under Queen Victoria’s reign, the British Empire grew to encompass India, Australia, and much of Africa and Asia.

THINK ABOUT

WHAT MODERN DISCOVERIES WOULD YOU USE ON AN ADVENTURE TODAY?

“Everything great in science and art is simple. What can be less complicated than the greatest discoveries of humanity — gravitation, the compass, the printing press, the steam engine, the electric telegraph?”

–Jules Verne

VICTORIANS ON THE GO

In Around the World in 80 Days, Phileas Fogg adventures through the British Empire and America using technology that seems old to us but was fairly new in 1872.

As the British Empire grew, Victorians looked for more efficient ways of traveling through their territory. Among these innovations were the Suez Canal, railways that spanned thousands of miles, and the telegraph.

WAYS OF TALKING

WAYS OF TRAVEL

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