"England, rosy pink in the geography book map, but on the page opposite the words are closely crowded, heavy looking. Exports, coal, iron, wool. Then Imports and Character of Inhabitants."

In nineteenth century school atlases, pink was used to denote the British Empire. This is an example from 1897.

That the two most important facts cited about countries were exports and imports is indicative of world relations in colonial times. In 1803 the West Indies accounted for one third of British imports and exports.