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How did English become a world language? Refer to its historical development.
From 1066 to the 14th century, England was ruled by French kings and Old English changed.
English became aworld language with the pass of the years, because at the beginning at the Elisabeth I time, almost seven million of people were native’s speakers of this language around the world,although Dutch was considered as a more useful language than English, but how said in the text “when Elizabeth I came to the throne to England the spread of English had started”. When thisstarted an English-speaking area had been established round to Dublin in Ireland

The expand of English continued when the ships trades in West Africa, then the first English settlementswere made in North America, in Canada.

Years later with the death of Elizabeth I, James VI of Scotland became to James I of England. Scotland and England were merged politically intoGreat Britain, and when both countries got together, had the effect of spreading English influence into Scotland.

So by the opening of the nineteenth century, English had spread aroundthe world, and in the course and since of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the number of speakers of the language, increase every year more and more.

By the end of the 16thcentury, the spelling of modern English was already established. English was the native language of only 6 million people, and unknown in other countries. However, this changed when Englandformed colonies around the world.

In conclusion we can say that in the Elizabeth I reign, started the English expansion around the world and the increase in the population and tripsaround the world and some kinds of trades, helped that English become a world language, but in my opinion in this world just have to had one language, will be more easy to everyone.
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