For almost a hundred years after having its beginning in 1788,
England exiled some 160,000 criminals to Australia.
(A) For almost a hundred years after having its beginning in 1788,
(B) Beginning in 1788 for a period of a hundred years,
(C) Beginning a period of almost a hundred years, in 1788
(D) During a hundred years, a period beginning in 1788,
(E) Over a period of a hundred years beginning in 1788,
The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short;
the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.