The United Kingdom of Great Britain


Brief History

Technically the United Kingdom and Great Britain are not the same country. The United Kingdom includes the northern tip of Ireland where are Great Britain is just the larger island to the left (see map right.) The larger island includes England, Scotland, and Wales. This is the disclaimer. For purposes of the information presented in this web page we will treat Great Britain and The United Kingdom as the same country.

The United Kingdom once was four countries that shares the island. Wales, Scotland, England, and Ireland (left most island). In 1707 England, Scotland, and Wales decided to unify under one banner now known as Great Britain. In 1801 Northern Ireland wished to join the country and did so. The country was then renamed The United Kingdom.