Exploration Episode: Empire of the Waves

Pirate, privateer, defender of the nation, scourge of the seas. Britain’s rise to naval dominance was built on the backs of pirates, some who were sanctioned by the crown, and others who the crown could no longer control. This episode gives a snapshot of Britain’s struggle against the Spanish Empire, and her seesawing attitude about the cut-throats who once sailed in her fleet.


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