So much of all this moved in fits and starts: some successes, many failures; opportunities and possibilities embraced, others ignored. It was a great jumble of motives and factors. Certainly there was no long-term plan in Elizabeth’s reign for seaborne dominion or empire, no easy nineteenth-century narrative of England’s world dominance. But there was in Elizabethan London a spark of an ambition to do something – Alford, Stephen. London's Triumph: Merchants, Adventurers, and Money in Shakespeare's City (p. 174). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.

— Success without a plan  

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