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...
Aryan Klein on Rebuilding the Seven Provinces
Aryan Klein manages the project for the reconstruction of Admiral Michiel de Ruyter's flagship, the Seven Provinces (De Zeven Provincien) at Batavia Yard, Lelystad, in the Netherlands. Klein gives us some insight as to what it takes to create a ship of such stature and size.
Jonathan Israel on The Beginning of the Dutch Republic
Jonathan Israel, Professor of History at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, NJ, explains for us why the Dutch revolted against the Spanish crown and how that lead to the creation of the small, but very powerful, Dutch Republic.
David Davies on Dockyards
Dr. David Davies, author and historian, discusses 17th century English dockyards and walks us through the occupational hierarchies seen at most shipyards in the 17th century.