elisabeth the first queen of england.
she turned a backwater island into a global empire. a person of vision.
she invented the 1-percentage of the result instead of fixed monthly salary and 2-the society by shares.
the society by shares. the crown announced in the realm that it was about to put out a ship, to go rob the portuguese and the spanish, in the high seas. the gallions were returning to europe full of gold, silver, precious stones and raw materials. each person that put money in the enterprise would receive a receipt. so in the case that the vessel returned, and returned full of riches, the person would show his receipt and receive his part of the bounty. the crown received the amount relative to what the crown had put in the venture. it brought trust.
percentage of the result. the captain and the sailors would get half of what they brought. it was a way for someone to get rich in england, should he return, and return full. i was always amazed at the fact that a portuguese gallion with 20 cannons each side, was defeated by an english corvette, the portuguese soldiers fat and heavy, and the english sailors skinny and hungry. it resulted that all the gold beneath the feet of the portuguese soldier belonged to the king and the foot soldier got only a monthly fixed salary. the english sailor got nothing fixed, only a part of what he brought home.
elisabeth stopped the infighting among his countrymen, through a voting, on that the people chose between following her or the pope. the people chose her.
the arts were free to say whatever they pleased, including critisizing her. she went to see the plays denouncing her misdeeds.
she let the commerce run free, it regulating itself. and sent troops to conquer the places better suited to serve as hubs.
she is my biggest hero of all times.