Anchors of Empire

  • Barry Gough
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Naval power resides not only in ships and men, and on finance and national will; it rests on secure and adequate refuges and positions for repair, recuperation and resupply. In the age of Pax, when Britain took it upon itself to carry out policies of enforcement of the abolition of privateering, the suppression of the slave trade and the protection of seaborne commerce, strategically located naval bases were the direct result of the global nature of British interests. The state of Britain’s foreign relations was always the commanding factor, and here again, power and profit went hand in hand. The selection of the sites of such bases and the construction of the same remain part of the imperial naval story relatively unappreciated as a subject of inquiry. Yet investigation of this shows how the prosperity of British trade and empire depended mightily on the projection overseas of human skills, architectural design and engineering know-how. Moreover, it discloses why statesmen, far from acting in a fit of absentmindedness, were willing to enlarge the imperial estate bit by bit so as to give strategic advantage to the whole.


Slave Trade Naval Basis British Trade Royal Mail Naval Power 
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