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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Oct 2019 2:17 p.m. PST

"I want to make abundantly clear a point that I feel needs to be made very clear. The 16th century was a battle between Spain and Portugal for who could control more of the globe. They conquered a lot of lands, but didn't really do much of anything to maintain their overseas colonies (infrastructure is important, kids), and by the half-way point of the 16th century, England (which latter joined with Scotland and Wales to become Britain) destroyed the Spanish Armada, pretty much starting the decline of the Spanish Empire, and giving the British and French Empire room to grow.

This cleared the way so that by the time we get to the late 17th century the Spanish and the Portuguese have gone from being the two competing for spots one and two in the ‘world's list of super powers' to watching Britain and France compete for those envious positions instead…"
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