Global markets & trade
People have bartered and traded for goods and commodities for centuries. We delve into the history of global trade and the building of empires - from the countries, people and ships involved, to the legacies they left behind.
The South Sea Bubble was the financial collapse of the South Sea Company in 1720. The company was formed to supply slaves to Spanish America.
The Spice Islands are a small group of islands off Indonesia. They were the largest producers of many different spices and attracted traders worldwide.
The campaign to end slavery began in the late 18th century. Alongside the work of famous campaigners and formerly enslaved people living in London, one of the key events in the abolition movement was a rebellion on the island of Haiti.
The first Royal dockyard was constructed during the reign of King Henry VII, when trade between continents was burgeoning.
The East India Company employed Asian seamen known as 'Lascars' in the 17th century, who served on European ships.
The search for new markets during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I helped to boost England’s maritime confidence.
John Dee provided Queen Elizabeth I with a new vision for England, spurring the rise of the British Empire.
By the 1560s, newly minted Elizabethan coins had helped to renew people's trust in England’s currency at home and abroad.
Atlantic trading brought unprecedented cultural exchange and altered the world forever.