The English in the Atlantic Islands c. 1450-1650

By G. V. Scammell, published August 1986

Abstract

From the mid-fifteenth century the Iberian island possessions in the Atlantic (the Azores, the Canaries, the Cape Verdes, Madeira, Sao Tome) came to be seen as sources of wealth, not only based on local products, but due to the presence of trade commodities originating much further afield. This article examines the growing English awareness of the opportunities for enrichment these islands afforded, the dominance of the region’s economy by England after 1450, and the emergence of England’s first tentative oceanic strategy.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

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