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How did Britain improve its command of the seas lead a strong global empire? (particularly 18th century sea power)

Britain's ability to use its navy efficiently made it possible to resupply its colonies and imperial armies. The British navy was also able to threaten other nations' colonies.

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The British navy that ruled the waves during the eighteenth century could date its origin from 1588 when Francis Drake defeated the Spanish armada. During the eighteenth century, Britain fought several wars with Spain and France. Both of these European powers had very strong armies and large quantities of resources that they could call up both at home and from their colonies. Britain, an island nation, used its navy to safeguard its own shipping lanes as well as attack other nations' shipping. Britain also had a strong...

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