The first cod war
How England’s government-licensed pirates stole the Newfoundland fishery from Europe’s largest feudal empire.
Newfoundland = New found fish
While treasure fleets carried silver to Spain, far more ships were carrying men, fish and whale oil across the North Atlantic.
Commodity cod & factory ships
Beginning a series on the role of fishing in the birth and spread of capitalism, and the role of capitalism in today’s mass extinction of ocean life.