Daily Life in the Age of Sail

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Overview

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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Meet the Author

DOROTHY DENNEEN VOLO is a teacher and historian.

JAMES M. VOLO is a teacher, historian and living history enthusiast. He is the co-author of Daily Life in Civil War America (Greenwood, 1998) and Encyclopedia of the Antebellum South (Greenwood, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
1 Seaports 1
2 Sea Lanes 29
3 Navigation 49
4 Hull Down on the Horizon 63
5 The Crew 93
6 Shipboard Environment 119
7 Pastimes 135
8 Women and the Sea 155
9 The Great Trading Fleets of Europe 177
10 The Art of War at Sea 197
11 Pirates and Privateers 217
12 The Age of Fighting Sail 239
13 The American Revolution 265
14 The Sea and the States 283
Selected Bibliography 305
Index 311
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2007

    Sailing Ships of New England

    This book puts the importance of sailing in a great historical perspective. If this is the kind of thing you're interested in, you should also check out Sailing Ships of New England. It's full of wonderful illustrations and makes for a great addition to a nautical reading list.

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