Why Did the British Take over Egypt?

The British took over Egypt for some reasons.

First of all when they took over Egypt, Egypt became proctectorate. This means that when England had a war between another country, Egypts armies would help the British to win. This would make the British sound more formidable and have a better reputation. It also would make them harder to defeat, making the British reign last longer.

Another reason is the trade market. The British wanted to control the River Nile so they can choose where the route would go for the ships. This also opened up more countries to ship goods to for money.
This picture shows the route difference after taking over Egypt.

Because India was a main part of the British Empire, they wanted to have a quick way to transport goods back home. The quickest way then was via the Red Sea. India had useful resources that the British needed. Also, they took control so the Dutch or French could not attack west India via the Red Sea.

The Suez canal was called the "lifeline of their emipre" as it was the most important route for the British to access their colonies in Asia and Africa.