What should you do if you are the ruler of a country with no navy, but you urgently need four privateering ships to join an invasion? Is it worth building them in your own port or is it more economic to hire professionals and pay them according to their success rate?
Augustus II the Strong (Elector of Saxony and King of Poland-Lithuania) faced this dilemma in 1716. In order to explore his options, he sent an agent to the Hague, Delft, and Amsterdam. Katalin Pataki's blog explores why these cities were the ideal places for such business.
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