The Age of Discovery – The Early Navigators


Day course

Mike Shaw

7 September 2022

9:00 am to 4:00 pm


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This day course is the first of a series of standalone courses, which considers how our modern understanding of the world took shape.

The Ottoman conquest of the Levant cut Europe off from access to the Silk Route and spurred exploration of alternative routes to the Indies.

The course tells the story of Portuguese and latterly Spanish exploration of the Atlantic seaboards in search of access to the Indian Ocean and how this process, coupled with enhancements in ship design and new scientific understanding of the Earth’s place in the Universe, heralded the beginning of our Modern Age.

Tutor information

Mike Shaw was a regular soldier for over 30 years and has been a keen student of history all his life.  A longstanding contributor to the Dillington programme and an erstwhile ocean yachtsman, he has an interest in early navigational techniques and how trading links developed across the world’s oceans in the Age of Sail leading to the development of the mercantile empires. More importantly however, it is the way he tells the story.

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