The Age of Discovery – The Mercantile Empires


Day course

Mike Shaw

29 October 2022


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

Following the early voyages of discovery, the Portuguese and Spanish powers had divided the newly discovered world between themselves with papal approval at the Treaty of Saragossa. This was to be contested by the emerging Protestant powers of northern Europe led initially by the Dutch and later the English.

This day course compares the development of all the European mercantile empires to see how and why some prospered and others failed.

All-comers welcome.

Tutor information

Mike Shaw was a regular soldier for over 30 years and has been a keen student of history all his life. A regular contributor to the Dillington programme, he has an interest in the history of the continent as a whole, particularly where western and slavic cultures have been impacted. A frequent independent traveller through the whole continent, he explores how trading networks flourished from the earliest times despite the countervailing demands of religion and tribal security. He offers rare insights into how historical perspectives have influenced more recent events. More importantly however, it is the way he tells the story.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.