The Age of Discovery – Trade and the Flag: The Spoils Divided


Day course

Mike Shaw

18 March 2023


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Admiral Lord Nelson’s real ‘Bequest to the Nation’ was the unchallenged domination of the world’s seaways by the Royal Navy for over a century after the Battle of Trafalgar.

In this day course we explore how Great Britain policed the globe and imposed Pax Britannica by means of the fast frigate when piracy and slavery were issues of the day and how the navy adapted in the new Victorian Age of steam.  We will conclude by comparing how other nations adapted the model of the mercantile empire towards the end of nineteenth century.

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.