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SOUTH AFRICA AND IMPERIAL NAVAL DEFENCE

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Author(s): Richard Cornwell

Journal: Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies
ISSN 2224-0020

Volume: 5;
Issue: 4;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: South Africa's involvement in British naval policy | 'Santa Maria' | domination of the spice trade

ABSTRACT
There are various themes which emerge in a consideration of South Africa's involvement in British naval policy. There is the expansion of the British empire itself, from its Atlantic beginnings into eastern seas and its century-long conflict with France. There is the theme of India, and the fluctuating fortunes of a trading company. There are the changes in marine technology and the world's balance of naval power. All of these broad themes must be considered if the South African contribution is to be seen in its proper context.
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