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Author Smith, Billy G. (Billy Gordon)

Title Ship of death : a voyage that changed the Atlantic world / Billy G. Smith.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe ProQuest E-Book  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (327 pages) : illustrations, map
text rdacontent
computer rdamedia
online resource rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary " It is no exaggeration to say that the Hankey, a small British ship that circled the Atlantic in 1792 and 1793, transformed the history of the Atlantic world. This extraordinary book uncovers the long-forgotten story of the Hankey, from its altruistic beginnings to its disastrous end, and describes the ship's fateful impact upon people from West Africa to Philadelphia, Haiti to London. Billy G. Smith chased the story of the Hankey from archive to archive across several continents, and he now brings back to light a saga that continues to haunt the modern world. It began with a group of high-minded British colonists who planned to establish a colony free of slavery in West Africa. With the colony failing, the ship set sail for the Caribbean and then North America, carrying, as it turned out, mosquitoes infected with yellow fever. The resulting pandemic as the Hankey traveled from one port to the next was catastrophic. In the United States, tens of thousands died in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Charleston. The few survivors on the Hankey eventually limped back to London, hopes dashed and numbers decimated. Smith links the voyage and its deadly cargo to some of the most significant events of the era-the success of the Haitian slave revolution, Napoleon's decision to sell the Louisiana Territory, a change in the geopolitical situation of the new United States-and spins a riveting tale of unintended consequences and the legacy of slavery that will not die"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Description based on print version record.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Hankey (Ship : 1784)
Bolama Association.
Yellow fever -- Guinea-Bissau -- Bolama Island -- History -- 18th century.
Epidemics -- History -- 18th century.
Yellow fever -- Caribbean Area -- History -- 18th century.
Yellow fever -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Antislavery movements -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Abolitionists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Bolama Island (Guinea-Bissau) -- Colonization.
Bolama Island (Guinea-Bissau) -- History -- 18th century.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Smith, Billy G. Ship of death : a voyage that changed the Atlantic world. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013] xviii, 306 pages 9780300194524 (DLC)10800428
ISBN 9780300194524 (hardback)
9780300199239 (e-book)

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