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The Forgotten Prime Minister: The 14th Earl of DerbyVolume I: Ascent, 1799–1851$
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Angus Hawkins

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570911.001.0001

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Colonies and Corn Laws: 1841–1845

Colonies and Corn Laws: 1841–1845

(p.227) Chapter 5 Colonies and Corn Laws: 1841–1845
The Forgotten Prime Minister: The 14th Earl of Derby

Angus Hawkins

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the life and career of Edward Geoffrey Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, from 1841–1845. In 1841 Britain's overseas possessions extended around the globe as a varied aggregation of colonies, islands, entrepôts, naval bases, and penal settlements. They broadly comprised the white settlements, claiming rights of ‘representative government’, and those ‘dependent’ colonies acquired by conquest or treaty. These far-flung possessions were overseen by the Colonial Office. Stanley, as Secretary of State, saw his essential ministerial responsibility as safeguarding the prosperity and security of Britain's existing possessions. He was not an aggressive colonial expansionist. Britain, in Stanley's view, did not require greater overseas territory. Rather, her empire provided an economic base upon which to build increasing commerce and trade.

Keywords:   Stanley, Earl of Derby, colonies, Secretary of State, Colonial Office, overseas territory

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