During what time period did Britain colonize other countries?

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I assume that you use "colonization" to refer to the colonizing of countries outside the British Isles, not including Ireland.  If so, British colonization started in Elizabethan times and continued through the "Scramble for Africa" in the late 1800s.  Though the British did not take new colonies after that, they continued to hold colonies until the late 20th century.

British colonization outside the British Isles started in the time of Queen Elizabeth I with colonies in the Caribbean and eventually on the mainland of the Americas.  It then expanded over time to include places like India, Australia, and many parts of Africa.

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