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.
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.
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.