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Rough WatersAmerican Involvement with the Mediterranean in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries$
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Silvia Marzagalli, James R. Sofka, and John McCusker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780986497346

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780986497346.001.0001

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Notes towards a Franco-American Mediterranean “From Below”

Notes towards a Franco-American Mediterranean “From Below”

(p.63) Notes towards a Franco-American Mediterranean “From Below”
Rough Waters

Nathan Perl-Rosenthal

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the day-to-day lives and interactions of seamen and maritime crew within Franco-American shipping at the end of the eighteenth century. It analyses what it considers ‘culturally substantive’ relationships between crew-members, where friendship, language-exchange, and working knowledge of each other's’ maritime and naval systems developed between French and American seamen during the American Revolution and the Franco-American Alliance of 1778. These results come from the study of diplomatic and military records. It clarifies that maritime labour facilitated cultural exchange, and that to view this period as either Atlantic or Mediterranean is too narrow a specification for such an intermingled period of history.

Keywords:   Franco-American Consular, 1778 Franco-American Alliance, American Revolution, Maritime Labour Conditions, Maritime Social History

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