Denmark and the First Anglo-Dutch War

By R.C. Anderson, published February 1967


The underlying theme of the conflict was about control of the lucrative trade in the Baltic Sea. The prize was the potential to greatly enhance the economy of the trading nations involved. The Danes controlled the choke point of the narrow sound between Denmark and the Swedish mainland. However, the ensuing conflict resulted in a war between the Dutch and the English. The result of the war was a much weakened Denmark and an increasingly aggressive Sweden in a position to threaten the narrow sound. Between England and Denmark, the English came out ahead in the conflict.

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Filed under: Baltic | Dutch Wars
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

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