English was forcefully incorporated during the colonization of Africa
As the owner of this dark continent, the British Crown proclaims that every slave learn English!
The slave trade between Africa and the Americas furthered the spread of English speaking slaves who would interact and teach other slaves the language.
Slaves, welcome to America!
As the British began sailing all over the world, they took the English language to areas such as Australia, New Zealand, and South Asia (especially India) which was a crucial trade partner.
Hello loyal trading partners, what have you for the British Crown today?
In the late 19th to early 20th centuries, the USA received many European immigrants which were deeply effected by poverty, war, and hunger. They were well received as workers so long as they spoke the language of the industrial revolution.
Welcome to America. In order to work here, we require you be able to communicate in English as it is the language which powers innovation!
The Treaty of Versailles (1919) that ended WW1 marked the beginning of English being used in diplomacy as it began to replace traditional French translation and usage as requested by US President Woodrow Wilson. From this point, English has gwon its influences in this field.
I declare as President of the United States that this treaty be written in English!
English is spoken as a native tongue by 377 million and as a second language by 377 million. English's influence is powered greatly in today's society by technological innovation (70% of electronically stored information is in English) . It exists in 75 countries and the future of the language will be determined by its globalization.
The next 20 years will be crucial for the advancement of English as key attitudes towards the language develop in this time