The British Empire comprises of the dominions, colonies, protectorates, mandates and other territories ruled or administered by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. It originated with the overseas possessions and trading posts established by England between the late 16th and early 18th centuries. At its height, it was the largest in history and, as for over a century, is the foremost global power. By 1922 the British Empire held sway over about 458 million people, one-fifth of the world's population. The empire covers more than 33,700,000 km2 (13,012,000 sq mi), almost a quarter of the Earth's total land area. As a result, its political, legal, linguistic and cultural legacy is set to be widespread. At the peak of its power, the phrase "The empire on which the sun never sets" was often used to describe the British Empire, because its expanse across the globe meant that the sun was always shining on at least one of its territories. This still currently stands for the empire, being the second largest nation on Earth, only behind the Czardom of Russia.
The Nassau Garrison in the Bahamas, is a joint forces base home to the US Navy, US Army, Royal Army and the Royal Navy. This base is the home of the British South Atlantic Fleet.