THE SEA CRADLE OF THE REFORMATION
JEAN PAUL, the German poet, said that God had given to France the empire of the land, to England the empire of the sea, and to his own country the empire of the air. The world has changed since Jean Paul's days. The wings of France have been clipped; the German Empire has become a solid thing; but England still holds her watery dominion; Britannia does still rule the waves, and in this proud position she has spread the English race over the globe; she has created the great American nation; she is peopling new Englands at the Antipodes; she has made her Queen Empress of India; and is in fact the very considerable phenomenon in the social and political world which all acknowledge her to be. And all this she has achieved in the course of three centuries, entirely in consequence of her predominance as an ocean power. Take away her merchant fleets; take away
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Publication information: Book title: English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century:Lectures Delivered at Oxford, Easter Terms, 1893-4. Contributors: James Anthony Froude - Author. Publisher: C Scribners' Sons. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1895. Page number: 1.
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