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The uses of dependency

By Tom Chatfield  

At its peak, in 1921, the British Empire spanned a quarter of the world’s population and land: 460 million people and 37 million square kilometres. Those days, happily, are long gone. As well as the looser structure of the Commonwealth, however, an intriguing legacy of Empire remains in the form of 14 British overseas territories—Anguilla, the British Antarctic Territory, Bermuda, the British Indian Ocean Territory, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, St Helena and its dependencies, the Turk and Caicos Islands, Pitcairn Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, and the two Sovereign…

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