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Black SaltSeafarers of African Descent on British Ships$
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Ray Costello

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318184

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317675

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War Under Sail

War Under Sail

(p.51) Chapter Four War Under Sail
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This chapter investigates the conflicts of Britain's warships with other European powers. Britain's navy had played a critical role in defending its interests abroad from the War of the Spanish Succession up to the Napoleonic Wars. The chapter gives some examples of black seamen at battle. The Battle of Trafalgar was one of the most significant naval victories for Britain. This would identify the command of the oceans for decades. It is shown that the seafarer of African descent became increasingly normalised and gained a status of almost fully fledged professional.

Keywords:   warships, Britain, War of the Spanish Succession, Napoleonic Wars, Briton Hammon, Seven Years War, Olaudah Equiano, John Marrant, Battle of Trafalgar, black sailor

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