… the British East India Company, which would grow in size until it accounted for half of the world’s trade, was chartered. While it hasn’t been in existence for 142 years, it made Britain a trading superpower and with the other East India Companies (Dutch, Portuguese), basically defined global trade for centuries.
The wikipedia article alone is a fascinating read, and links to many more resources for those who want a historical trade understanding.
What do you think LOLCat?
LOLCat, technically, as they were chartered, they weren’t pirates.
LOLCat seems to disagree …