The Colonial Conference I. Political Relations and Defence (July 1902)
The time appointed for the Coronation now drew on. Sixty-four years had passed since London had seen a coronation; sixty-four years which had witnessed the transformation of an Empire. When Queen Victoria had come to the throne, Canada had scarcely begun to spread beyond the provinces of the eastern seaboard; Australia was best known as a penal settlement; New Zealand was not yet wrested from the Maoris; and India was still administered by a trading company. Now the first three had become strong, self-governing nations, while the Great Dependency had been brought under the Crown. In addition, the foundations of a new Empire had been laid in the four corners of the African continent; not least by Chamberlain’s efforts.
KeywordsPreferential Trade Legislative Action Political Relation Eastern Seaboard Mother Country
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