The Prince of Orange, afterwards King William III, Embarking at Hellevoetsluis for England in 1688

This 1859 Everhardus Koster painting shows the maritime power of Holland which helped it to mount the invasion of England in 1688 - even if it was unopposed. The combination of Dutch and English power would help to radically boost the effectiveness of England's own Royal Navy.


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by Stephen Luscombe