By George C. Daughan

ISBN-10: 0465020461

ISBN-13: 9780465020461

On the outbreak of the battle of 1812, America’s clients appeared dismal. It used to be transparent that the first battlefield may be the open ocean—but America’s struggle fleet, simply twenty ships robust, confronted a practiced British military of greater than 1000 men-of-war. nonetheless, via a mix of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, the yankee army controlled to take the struggle to the British and switch the tide of the battle: at the nice Lakes, within the Atlantic, or even within the japanese Pacific.

In 1812: The Navy’s War, prizewinning historian George C. Daughan tells the exciting tale of the way a handful of heroic captains and their stalwart crews overcame remarkable odds to steer the rustic to victory opposed to the world’s maximum imperial energy. a gorgeous contribution to army and nationwide background, 1812: The Navy’s War is the 1st entire account in additional than a century of the way the U.S. army rescued the fledgling kingdom and secured America’s destiny.

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In grassland areas too dry to farm, nomadic herdsmen raised cattle. Using these new technologies and skills, Bantu-speaking agriculturalists migrated outward from their original homeland. By the end of the first millennium ce, the majority of the peoples in eastern, central, and southern Africa spoke Bantu languages. Displaced by the newcomers, foragers retreated into ever more remote forests and deserts, where a few still survive by hunting and gathering. In the Sudanic grasslands where horses thrived, the combination of horses and iron weapons led, as in Eurasia, to the rise of kingdoms.

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