New World, Inc.
How England's Merchants Founded America and Launched the British Empire
As Elizabethan England’s only major export was wool, a group of merchants formed a groundbreaking joint-stock company and set out to source new goods and markets. Initially they looked to the East, but their willingness to back Atlantic crossings opened more opportunities. This history follows their endeavours, and those of later seafarers including Gilbert, Drake and Ralegh, and shows how their trade fundamentally shaped Britain and the USA.