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A commonwealth is a group of people or of groups with a common aim to improve themselves, help each other and share knowledge and resources.

The word can refer to several organisations:

It is also part of the official name of some countries

or part of the official name of some US states and territories

  • The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. One reason for becoming a commonwealth was to show it wanted to improve itself, share ideas of democracy

In history the Commonwealth of England was the name of England between 1649 and 1660, when England had no king