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


Day course

Mike Shaw

18 March 2023

9:00 am to 4:00 pm


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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 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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