What is dominion?


Dominions were autonomous polities that were nominally under British sovereignty, constituting the British Empire and British Commonwealth, beginning in the latter part of the 19th century. They have included (at varying times) Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Newfoundland, the Union of South Africa, and the Irish Free State. Over the decades after 1930, the British dominions each became independent of the United Kingdom. Those that became sovereign constitutional monarchies within the Commonwealth of Nations and maintained as their own the same royal house and royal succession from before independence became known as Commonwealth realms; others soon became republics, ending their status as dominions.

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Dominion, Nova Scotia - History
... In the eighteenth century, Dominion was part of a larger area called L’Indienne (Anglicized to “Lingan”) ... When the Town of Dominion was incorporated in 1906, the area became known officially as Dominion and unofficially as Old Bridgeport Bridgeport was reduced ... In 1830, the General Mining Association opened a colliery at Dominion ...

More definitions of "dominion":

  • (noun): One of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth.
  • (noun): Dominance or power through legal authority.
    Example: "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"
    Synonyms: rule

Famous quotes containing the word dominion:

    Under the dominion of an idea, which possesses the minds of multitudes, as civil freedom, or the religious sentiment, the power of persons are no longer subjects of calculation. A nation of men unanimously bent on freedom, or conquest, can easily confound the arithmetic of statists, and achieve extravagant actions, out of all proportion to their means; as, the Greeks, the Saracens, the Swiss, the Americans, and the French have done.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    The great must submit to the dominion of prudence and of virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great.
    Edmund Burke (1729–1797)

    Let us learn to live coarsely, dress plainly, and lie hard. The least habit of dominion over the palate has certain good effects not easily estimated.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)