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The Black Lives Matter protests in the UK and the debate over public statues have shone a light on the nation’s imperial past and its continuing reverberations.
Kenya was at the heart of the British Empire in Africa, with the country’s best and most fertile land owned by a small elite.
The country gained independence in 1963 but land ownership and distribution remains a divisive issue.
In the latest of a series of reports looking at Britain’s colonial legacies, Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Anne Soy in Kenya.
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In This Story: British Empire
The British Empire was the dominions, colonies, protectorates, mandates, and other territories ruled or administered by the United Kingdom and its predecessor states. It began with the overseas possessions and trading posts established by England between the late 16th and early 18th centuries.
Fourteen overseas territories remain under British sovereignty.
After independence, many former British colonies joined the Commonwealth of Nations, a free association of independent states. The United Kingdom is now one of 16 Commonwealth nations, that share a monarch, currently Queen Elizabeth II.