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Great Britain

Nowadays simply a geographic entity, the largest island of the British Isles which contains the mainlands of England, Scotland and Wales. Was a political entity between the Act of Union of 1707, when England (including Wales) and Scotland were merged into the Kingdom of Great Britain, and the Act of Union of 1801 which added Ireland and formed the The United Kingdom.

The fact that the Kingdom of Great Britain was the constitutional state of affairs at the time of the American Revolutionary War is perhaps the reason for many Americans still inaccurately referring to Britain as “Great Britain”. On the other hand, Britain's Olympic team also calls itself “Great Britain” (Team GB) for no obvious reason beyond being inconsistent.

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