The 17th century had more than its share of larger-than-life personalities from kings (Charles II) to rascals (Robert Holmes)...more
Social, cultural and religious conflicts roiled the cauldron of politics in the 17th century. When a leader lost an election one month, he might lose a vital organ the next...more
In the 17th century European nations expanded into the world. Their trading posts dotted the newly detailed maps of coastal Africa and the Far East...more
The 17th century set the course for naval strategy for the next two centuries. But naval strategy was more than just what the admirals did on water...more
The detailed 3D ship models featured in Broadside showcased here. Get your favorite ship in crystal.
In fact, maybe you should get them all. Keep one on your kitchen table, another on your dresser and yet another on your windowsill...
A list of educational links and resources for those interested in the history, events and personalities within Broadside.
Relevant websites from the United Kingdom, Netherlands and the United States are included in this comprehensive list...
Joost Schokkenbroek on The Capture of the Spanish Silver Fleet
Joost Schokkenbroek, Curator of Material Culture at the National Maritime Museum Amsterdam, discusses the vital connection between trade and war, and explains how Piet Hein's capture of the Spanish Silver Fleet in 1628 proved that the Dutch were able to fight Spain.
Jonathan Israel on The Dutch East India Company
The Dutch East India Company (often called the VOC after its Dutch name: Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie), was the first large-scale joint stock company for long-distance trade. Here, Jonathan Israel, Professor of History at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, NJ, discusses the VOC's unique disposition in the early 17th Century.
Gijs Rommelse on The Treaty of Westminster
Gijs Rommelse, Professor at the Netherlands Institute of Military History, explains the stipulations of the Treaty of Westminster (1654), the peace treaty which ended the First Anglo-Dutch War.