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Re: British Military History
In Response To: British Military History ()
I am still reading "Bury the Chains" by Adam Hochschild and he discusses some military events of the era featuring the British Navy in the Caribbean and the "Gold Coast" of Africa. One the aspect of military service I find and found interesting are the 'press gangs' roaming the streets of English towns pressing folks into service.
Another aspect of this book which weighs heavily in my imagination are sailors from Africa, the most noteworthy being Olaudah Equiano. I really don't know if commerical vessels sailed under the Union Jack but it sure seems that way.
I now understand the importance of sugar among other cargo to and in the nefarious triangle of "trade". Hochschild, in a personal appearance, gave the comparison to the importance of oil in today's world.
I also have a little more understanding why, after the American Revolution, some blacks moved--I use moved for the lack of a proper word-- on to Nova Scotia. Someone, namely George Washington, according to the book, was trying to negotiate for the return of property. Property that could talk about, walk, think about, feel and understand their own precarious situation.
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