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 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.

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