The Age of Discovery – The Mercantile Empires


Day course

Mike Shaw

29 October 2022

9:00 am to 4:00 pm


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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 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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