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Because of the dominate role of the colonial British Empire, food traditions that would have been unknown many places in the world spread to many members of England's conquered subjects and colonies. The Empire had a great effect on the history of Australian foods. The spice trades had a major impact on culinary practices in all of the colonies. These connections and the abundance of tropical ingredients brought Australia Asian and Indian recipes using many rice dishes combined with curry and other spices. Also cold meat accompaniments such as chutney, mustard pickles, mustards, and ginger sauces. Many of these food items would be non-existent in the U. S. due simply to the much lesser influence of England and the lands they conquered.