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 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.

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.