Merchant

FIRST SAILINGS INTO THEĀ ATLANTIC

Ancient Trader Merchant 15 Min Read

The Phoenicians were the first to build proper ships and to brave the rough waters of the Atlantic. To be sure, the Minoans before them traded with great vigor and defended their Mediterranean trade routes with swift and vicious naval force. Their shipsā€”built with tools of sharp-edged bronzeā€”were elegant and strong: they were made of cypress trees, sawn in half…

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Merchant 12 Min Read

Mutiny on theĀ Madagascar

The Blackwall Frigate Madagascar (lithograph, c. 1853) The most mysterious mutiny of them all ā€“ motivated, it must be presumed (in the absence of any real evidence), by a lust for rich pickings ā€“ occurred aboard the Madagascar in 1853. The ship was one of a thoroughbred type of sailing…

Merchant 22 Min Read

Martial Merchants of theĀ Baltic

The German Hanse, the loose association of German merchants which operated in the Baltic and North Seas from the middle of the twelfth century to the mid-seventeenth, is often referred to in modern historical surveys as the ā€˜Hanseatic Leagueā€™. It was no such thing. The term ā€˜leagueā€™ implies a well…

History Merchant Ottoman Trade 27 Min Read

THIEVING OTTOMANS ANDĀ FRANKS

Portuguese outpost, Aden, 16th century. Historical artwork of the Portuguese trading post in Aden, Yemen. Portuguese trading posts were founded across Asia during the 16th century after the 1497-9 voyage by Vasco da Gama that opened the way for European maritime commerce. This artwork is from ā€˜Lendas da Indiaā€™ (Legends…

British History Merchant Navigation Trade 16 Min Read

London: The MedievalĀ Port

Alfred was already a battle-hardened young man when he succeeded his father to the throne of Wessex in 871 at the age of 21, having spent much of his teenage years fighting the Vikings on land and sea. Following his victory at the Battle of Edington in 878, the Viking…

Merchant Roman Trade 22 Min Read

London: The Romans and Early SaxonsĀ I

At the end of the last Ice Age the world warmed and the glaciers melted. Large volumes of water flowed from Britain, south and east, through what is now the London area, which at times would have been completely submerged by a very wide river. The rising water level formed…

Merchant Roman Trade 18 Min Read

London: The Romans and Early SaxonsĀ II

Roman ships When Julius Caesarā€™s fleet took part in a battle against the ships of the Veneti tribe of Brittany in 56 BC he noted how their vessels were better than his own for the conditions of the Atlantic coast. The Veneti ships had shallower keels that were more suited…

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The Roman grainĀ trade

Roman Merchant Ships The grain trade was not simply a source of profit for Romeā€™s…

Martial Merchants of theĀ Baltic

The German Hanse, the loose association of German merchants which operated in the Baltic and…

London: The Romans and Early SaxonsĀ II

Roman ships When Julius Caesarā€™s fleet took part in a battle against the ships of…

London: The Romans and Early SaxonsĀ I

At the end of the last Ice Age the world warmed and the glaciers melted.…