ELIZABETHAN England is the motherland, the true historic home, of all the different peoples who speak the sea-borne English tongue. In the reign of Elizabeth there was only one English- speaking nation. This nation consisted of a bare five million people, fewer than there are today in London or New York. But hardly had the Great Queen died before Englishmen began that colonizing movement which has carried their language the whole world round and established their civilization in every quarter of the globe. Within three centuries after Elizabeth's day the use of English as a native speech had grown quite thirtyfold. Within the same three centuries the number of those living under laws and institutions derived from England had grown a hundredfold.
The England of Elizabeth was an England of
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Publication information: Book title: Elizabethan Sea-Dogs:A Chronicle of Drake and His Companions. Contributors: William Wood - Author. Publisher: Yale University Press. Place of publication: New Haven, CT. Publication year: 1918. Page number: 48.