England and France set upon the New World with a fury, building settlements whenever they could hack a clearing out of the wilderness. Expansion brought them into contact with the natives, with whom they established trade and commerce.
The New World was vast but not nearly big enough for the ambitions of these powers and conflict was inevitable. In Europe they call it the Seven Years’ War,... [click here for more]
Since the 17th century, the rulers of the emerging Western powers have looked enviously towards the East at cultures and empires far older and wiser than their own. The East is rich with gold, jewels, spices, silk and a thousand other commodities that promise wealth and power to those who possess them. Although dismissive of these greedy upstarts, the great civilisations of the East have belatedly... [click here for more]