Frank Trentmann

When Britannia ruled the southern waves

Sujit Sivasundaram takes Britain’s bid for supremacy to the ‘forgotten quarter’ of the Pacific and Indian oceans

View from the deck of the Upton Castle of British troops landing in Mauritius on 29 November 1810. Four days later the French capitulated. From ‘Sixteen Views... illustrative of the Proceedings of the Forces employ’d on the expedition sent from Bombay’, engraved by I. Clark, 1813 [Bridgeman Images]

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