Daily Life in the Age of Sail

Daily Life in the Age of Sail

by Dorothy Denneen Volo, James M. Volo
     
 

From the Thirteenth century through the Nineteenth, the waterways of the world provided the major means of transportation for exploration, trade, the military, and even criminals. Find out what life was like for those who chose to sail the high seas, as well as for those who didn't choose to be on board, like wives brought to sea by husbands and slaves en route to

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From the Thirteenth century through the Nineteenth, the waterways of the world provided the major means of transportation for exploration, trade, the military, and even criminals. Find out what life was like for those who chose to sail the high seas, as well as for those who didn't choose to be on board, like wives brought to sea by husbands and slaves en route to the auction block. What were their quarters like? What did they eat? How did they pass their long days at sea? These and other questions are answered in animated prose that brings the lives of ordinary people who oftentimes engaged in extraordinary activities, into sharp focus.

First-hand accounts from such sources as personal journals and magazine articles are provided to help bring the time period alive. Students will also learn what life was like in the seaport towns and what the sailors did when they visited these towns, as well as the physical parts of the ships and the different roles different members of the crew played. This engaging history helps to separate fact from fiction while exploring the reasons the sea and sea life have held such prominent roles in popular fiction, and will help students understand what life was truly like for these people.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313310263
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2001
Series:
Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
1Seaports1
2Sea Lanes29
3Navigation49
4Hull Down on the Horizon63
5The Crew93
6Shipboard Environment119
7Pastimes135
8Women and the Sea155
9The Great Trading Fleets of Europe177
10The Art of War at Sea197
11Pirates and Privateers217
12The Age of Fighting Sail239
13The American Revolution265
14The Sea and the States283
Selected Bibliography305
Index311

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