Navy, British

During the colonial period, Britain’s navy was transformed from a small and provisionally organized and financed entity into the largest, most complex, and most powerful maritime force in the world. Although the navy did not officially adopt a policy for North America until the middle of the eighteenth century, it proved effective through most of the period in both defending Britain’s Atlantic trading empire and laying siege to the holdings of other European nations. Its resources were strained by the American Revolution, to the extent that Britain temporarily lost command of the sea, though the British Navy reclaimed oceanic supremacy by century’s end.

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