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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 2044
AUTHOR: Sir Walter Raleigh (1554?–1618)
QUOTATION: For whosoever commands the sea commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself.
ATTRIBUTION: SIR WALTER RALEIGH, “A Discourse of the Invention of Ships, Anchors, Compass, &c.,” The Works of Sir Walter Ralegh, Kt., vol. 8, p. 325 (1829, reprinted 1965).
SUBJECTS: World domination