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    DescriptionIt is no exaggeration to say that the Hankey, one small British ship that circled the Atlantic Ocean in 1792 and 1793, transformed Atlantic World history. This extraordinary book tells the just-uncovered 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, who has chased the story of the Hankey from archive to archive across several continents, recounts the saga that began with a group of high-minded British colonists who planned to establish a colony free of slavery in West Africa. When the colony failed, 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 travelled 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 captivating tale of unintended consequences.

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    Ship of Death
    A Voyage That Changed the Atlantic World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Billy G. Smith
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 620 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300194524
    ISBN 10: 0300194528

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBLL, HBTM
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QSA
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    BIC subject category V2: HBTS
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/18CNTY
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Approval Code: A14204040
    BISAC V2.8: HIS041000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET038
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CARIBB
    B&T Approval Code: A31576600
    BISAC V2.8: MED030000, HIS036030
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037050, SOC054000
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    DC22: 614.5/41096657
    LC classification: RA644.Y4 S58 2013
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    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHTM, NHTS
    Illustrations note
    21 black-&-white illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    03 January 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Billy G. Smith is Distinguished Professor of Letters and Science in the History Department of Montana State University, where he has won every major teaching and research award offered. He is the author or editor of eight books and dozens of articles.
    Review quote
    "[An] extraordinary new book about an anti-slavery initiative of the 1790s, which instead of ending slavery ended the lives of thousands of people on both sides of the Atlantic by bringing yellow fever from Africa to the Americas. Fine original scholarship by a top history sleuth - easy to read, eye-opening, heart-rending."--Ruth Richardson, "Times Higher Education"--Ruth Richardson"THE" (02/14/2014)