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Video File The Port of Empire: Maritime London 1650 - 1914
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In the nineteenth century Britain was the workshop of the world and dominated international commerce. London was the world’s largest port, the centre of global finance and the heart of the vast British Empire. Trade continued to expand and a massive dock-building programme revolutionised the port. The arrival of larger steamships in the Thames forced further innovations as the port adapted to the rapidly changing technologies of the Victorian age. The Thames also witnessed greater industrialisation as factories, power stations and new shipyards spread along its banks.
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Docks and industry transform the Thames
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