|A medieval sack cup (foto: pinterest)|
|A XVII century Delft sack jug|
By the 1580’s, however, trade suffered further as a result of more tangible hostilities between France, England and Spain. Wine, then as now, suffered from political whims and the Anglo-Spanish War of 1585-1604, while intermittent – and never actually declared – did much harm to commercial traffic - but much good to the privateers. These seafarers (many called them pirates), Hawkins, Drake and Raleigh, to name only three, were quite happy to raid Spanish colonies in South America, Spanish shipping or Spain itself, and sell their booty in England. Drake’s name survives in the Spanish expression to persuade children to behave: “Mira, que viene el Draque” (Watch out, Drake’s coming).