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By George C. Daughan

On the outbreak of the warfare of 1812, America’s clients regarded dismal. It was once transparent that the first battlefield could be the open ocean—but America’s struggle fleet, basically twenty ships powerful, confronted a practiced British military of greater than one thousand men-of-war. nonetheless, via a mixture of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, the yankee army controlled to take the struggle to the British and switch the tide of the battle: at the nice Lakes, within the Atlantic, or even within the japanese Pacific.

In 1812: The Navy’s War, prizewinning historian George C. Daughan tells the exciting tale of ways a handful of heroic captains and their stalwart crews overcame striking odds to guide the rustic to victory opposed to the world’s maximum imperial energy. a gorgeous contribution to army and nationwide heritage, 1812: The Navy’s War is the 1st whole account in additional than a century of the way the U.S. military rescued the fledgling kingdom and secured America’s destiny.

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P. 135, or F. L. Pulle, La cartografia antica del/'India ("Studi italiani di filogia Indo-Uranica," Vol. IV [Rome, 1901]). ; Berlin, 1887). On the peacock specifically see pp. 286-94. It has often been mistakenly supposed that Aristotle's description indicated the migration of the silkworm to Greece from China. For a discussion of this problem see Thomson, op. cit. (n. I), p. 86. R. Patterson in Charles]. Singer et al. ; Oxford, 1954-58), II, 197, remarks that silk was probably unknown in ancient Greece and Republican Rome.

G. Rawlinson, Intercourse between India and the Western World (Cambridge, 1916), pp. 156-58. 24 Tarn, op. cit. (n. 18), pp. 380-81; and especially A. Berriedale Keith, A History of Sanskrit Literature (Oxford, 1928), pp. 352-57. 2S See Thomson, op. cit. (n. I), pp. 167-68. 26 The idea of Taprobane being Sumatra in Strabo and Pliny is maintained by Pierre Paris, "Notes sur deux passages de Strabon et de Pline," Journal asiatique, CCXXXIX (1951), 13-27. 27 The autocracy of Augustus and his successors brought stability to the intermediate areas, reduced piracy, and stimulated the growth of a wealthy Roman ruling class.

Rome's incapacity to maintain its grip on the Red Sea region and the monsoon trade with India had become obvious by the third century. The contemporary expansion of the Abyssinian kingdom ofAxum brought a new intermediary into the southern commerce which was to control the Isthmus of Suez until the seventh century. The interposition of the Axumites, and later the Arabs, constantly forced upward the cost of spices in Europe as more exactions were placed upon the trade. The monopoly was not broken when the Venetians came into the trade in the tenth century; it was merely extended by the addition of another middleman.

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