Britannia's Dragon: A Naval History of Wales

Britannia's Dragon: A Naval History of Wales

by J. D. Davies


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Britannia's Dragon: A Naval History of Wales by J. D. Davies

Wales has a long coastline, and nowhere is more than about 40 miles from the sea or a navigable river. From the earliest times, Welshmen have used the sea and the sea has shaped the history of the country. Seapower was arguably one of the most decisive factors in ending the nation's independence. The Welsh contribution to piracy has long been recognized, and Britannia's Dragon presents new and sometimes surprising evidence, such as the fact that relative to the populations of the retrospective countries, proportionately more Welshmen fought at Trafalgar than Scots, Irishmen or even Englishmen. The book also examines the invaluable contribution made by Welsh industry—especially coal and copper—to naval history, and considers such themes as shipbuilding and shipwrecks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752470139
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

J. D. Davies is a prize-winning author and one of the leading authorities on British naval history of the 17th century. His latest naval non-fiction book, Pepy’s Navy, won the Samuel Pepys prize in 2009. He is Chairman of the Naval Dockyards Society, a Vice-President of the Navy Records Society, a member of the Council of the Society for Nautical Research, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of the naval historical fiction series The Journals of Matthew Quinton.

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