Why did Peter the Great believe that Russia's future depended on having a warm-water port?

1 Answer
Apr 27, 2016

During the winter, if there was a port at higher latitudes, the water would all be frozen up, thus, there would be no one that would want to trade with Russia. Because of this, Peter the Great sought to get his "window to the sea".

Now, he could trade throughout the year ($$!!!!)