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Timeline created by Violet-Chan
In History
  • India

    The British were the rulers in Calcutta and they spoke English. Many of the native Indian people thought that if they learned English a new world would open up to them. They would be able to read English books and experience English culture. They could also travel to English speaking countries. Although English ruled them it also gave them cultural freedom.
  • The Caribbean

    English arrived in the Caribbean with settlers in the 1620's. A new form of English called Creole is thought to have started as a simplified English spoken between sailors and slaves on the ships that brought the Africans to the Caribbean. We do know that the slaves used many English words, which they mixed with their native language.
  • Australia

    The 'First Fleet' arrived in Port Jackson (now in the city of Sydney) in Australia in 1788. 'The First Fleet' was a fleet of 11 ships, which held about 780 English people. These were not free people. Many of them were criminals who were 'transported for life'. This meant that they had committed a crime in England and as a punishment they were sent to live in Australia and were not allowed to return to England.
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