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The Indian Ocean, 1809. At stake: Britain’s commercial lifeline to India and naval supremacy. In one fatal season, the natural order of maritime power since Trafalgar was destroyed. Storm and Conquest brings together the terrifying ordeal of men, women and children caught at sea in hurricanes, and those who survived to drive the French from the Eastern seas. All shared a need to prove themselves – to make a career, or a fortune, or a marriage – in places which could be at once magnificent and terrifying.
Stephen Taylor tacks nimbly between ferocious trials of storm and battle at sea, and the striking collection of personalities that traded, travelled and fought at the Empire's edge ... his compelling account is anchored on rigorous research. Richly evocative of an age when ''Strange Sail!'' meant death or glory, Storm and Conquest holds the attention like a cyclone at sea.
For anyone who thinks of the Napoleonic Wars as being little more than Trafalgar and Waterloo, this book will come as a refreshing change.
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