Every idiotic schoolboy you know is likely a member of a Facebook group titled ‘I always wear sunglasses because the sun never sets on the British empire’.
According to an analysis by historian Stuart Laycock, that statement was once eerily accurate. All the Countries We’ve Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To found that there are only 22 countries Britain never invaded, as shown in this Statista map.
“Other countries could write similar books – but they would be much shorter. I don’t think anyone could match this, although the Americans had a later start and have been working hard on it in the twentieth century,” Laycock said of his research.