Saturday, January 15, 2011

A half-pint of rum, hard biscuit and 20 lashes -- what it was like to be a New York sailor seeking riches in the ...

For a young New Yorker in the year 1812, the sea beckoned with the promise of adventure - and quick cash. Britannia might rule the waves, but the young republic was already giving the old country a run for its share of the rich seagoing trade. And so America's rapidly...

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