Charles R. Boxer, a leading British historian of the expansion of Europe and occupant of academic chairs on both sides of the Atlantic, died on Thursday, 27 April 2000, in a nursing home near his country residence northwest of London. He had been in declining health for several years. He was the author of 342 books and articles concerning the origins and growth of the Dutch and Portuguese empires in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

A member of an illustrious family of Scottish and possibly Huguenot roots, his forebears included a distinguished group of admirals and generals who served in Britain’s wars from the time of the French Revolution until World War I, as well as affluent stockmen who raised sheep in Tasmania and Australia. Boxer was born on 8 March 1904 at Sandown on the Isle of Wight and was educated at...

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