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Alfred Thayer Mahan

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on September 16, 2011

Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914) was born at West Point, where his father was an instructor. After graduating with distinction from the US Naval Academy in 1859, he served blockade duty on a number of warships during the Civil War. Mahan was promoted at…

Dutch West India Company

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on June 11, 2010

The Dutch West India Company was chartered by a group of Dutch merchants in 1621. It was modeled on the better-known Dutch East India Company. The trade monopoly included West Africa between the Tropic of Cancer and the Cape of Good Hope and the New World.