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By Fred T. Jane

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43 Christian IV began his reign as undisputed master of the Baltic, with great hopes of extending his power base into Sweden and the continent. He ended it in humiliation, having lost control of the Baltic, and forced to accept a diminution of his powers in the Sound. After the Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years War in 1648 Denmark found herself virtually encircled by Sweden and with her strength and reputation in Europe in tatters, which were the very results that Christian IV had striven so hard to avoid.

The company had bases in Copenhagen and Glückstadt and operated a considerable fleet of cargo ships and large armed merchantmen, which were occasionally requisitioned by the navy. However, Danish hopes of monopolising the northern seas were clearly forlorn. Danish capital and expertise were far too limited, relying largely on imported Dutch and Biscayan technology and business methods, to fully establish any Danish supremacy. The area was also far too vast to police effectively and the riches too great a temptation to be overlooked by other nations.

8 The much strengthened Danish navy proved a valuable tool in the ensuing Kalmar War (1611–1613). Although Sweden had invested in building up a sailing fleet again it was ill prepared for war. The Danish navy was able to swiftly impose blockades on Älvsborg and Kalmar, where a quarter of the Swedish fleet lay. When the two castles fell into Danish hands, the Swedes, rather than seeing their ships get into Danish hands, scuttled them and Denmark gained naval superiority for the rest of the war. 9 The young Gustav Adolf inherited a kingdom at war on three 8 Part of the rigsråd’s reluctance to declare war was based on a fear that they would be drawn into a religious conflict with Poland.

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