A. former Portuguese colonies in Africa
B. former Spanish colonies in Africa
C. independent nations formerly under British Empire
D. France and her former colonies in West Africa

Correct Answer: Option C

C. independent nations formerly under British Empire

Explanation

The Commonwealth was first officially formed in 1926 when the Balfour Declaration of the Imperial Conference recognized the full sovereignty of dominions. Known as the “British Commonwealth”, the original members were the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Irish Free State, and Newfoundland.

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