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.
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.
How were navigation and shipping technology spurred on by the Atlantic trading triangle?
Slave resistance, rebellious colonies and pirates challenged European dominance in the Atlantic.
Italian explorer, John Cabot, is famed for discovering Newfoundland and kick-starting transatlantic trade between England and the Americas.
Anthony Jenkinson was a 16th century English merchant and explorer. He wrote maps and works on Russia and met Ivan the Terrible several times.
The humble cup of tea was the most popular working-class drink by the mid-19th century.
The British Empire was at its largest in 1919. At this point, there was truth in the saying that the Sun never set on the British Empire.
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.