: Prydain Fawr, Scottish Gaelic: Breatainn Mhòr, Cornish
: Breten Veur) is an island
situated to the northwest of Continental Europe
. It is the ninth largest island in the world, and the largest Europe
an island, as well as the largest of the British Isles
. With a population of about 60.0 million people in mid-2009, it is the third most populous island in the world, after Java and Honshū
1606 The Union Flag is adopted as the flag of Great Britain.
1621 The ''Mayflower'' sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to Great Britain.
1624 Sir Thomas Warner founds the first British colony in the Caribbean, on the island of Saint Kitts.
1689 William III and Mary II are crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.
1703 The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, reaches its peak intensity which it maintains through November 27. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people die.
1710 The first law regulating copyright is issued in Great Britain.
1717 The Netherlands, Great Britain, and France sign the Triple Alliance.
1718 Great Britain declares war on Spain.
1729 Spain, France and Great Britain sign the Treaty of Seville.
1743 Great Britain, Austria and Savoy-Sardinia sign the Treaty of Worms.