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Your job in this gallery is to see what evidence
supports the different views of the experts about why Britain
became a great empire.
– making money for British companies
stopping other European powers developing their empires and
becoming too powerful
trying to spread the Christian faith
hoping to get rich easily or get a good job in the government
of the empire
wanting to learn about new lands and peoples
Land – hoping
to settle down and start a new life in a new land
Study the sources in case studies
1-4 and see which views the sources seem to support. You will need
to work in stages.
Examine the sources in
the case studies
teacher may want you to just look at one case study. For each
case study you look at, make a note of which sources seem to
provide evidence of which views.
Use this research table to record your notes.
As well as putting Yes or No in each box, you should be able
to explain why you put the Yes or No in the
Look at the
picture presented by all the case studies
what you (or other students) have found out in each of the case
studies in this gallery. You can use this research table to
note down the overall findings from the gallery.
We’ve only given you a few
source documents to look at. Do you think these documents are
enough to show you the full picture? Where might you go to find
out more evidence?
Present your conclusions
you have looked at the case studies, you can present what you
have found out to the students.
You could give them a written report. Here is a suggestion on
how to organise it.