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The Tudor and Stuart port

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Introduction


Section through a First Rate Warship, circa 1701.

View full size imageSection through a First Rate Warship, c. 1690. © NMM

Growth and prosperity

During the 16th and 17th centuries the city and port of London continued to grow and prosper. The Thames became:

Gateway to the world

English merchants, adventurers and explorers sailed to the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. London became a gateway to the markets and products of the world. 

In the 17th century, 90 per cent of the country's commerce passed through London and the port evolved to cope with the increasing volume of trade. New institutions were created to meet the needs of London's maritime community.

Maritime London timeline 

Britain and the world timeline

Companies of Merchant Adventurers founded to explore and trade:




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