Storm and Conquest: The Clash of Empires in the Eastern Seas, 1809.

Taylor, Stephen.

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Narrates the disastrous season in which Britain suffered the loss of fourteen great Indiamen carrying Bengali saltpetre and many civilian and military passengers. They were sunk by hurricanes and taken by enemy frigates. The British believed that as long as the tiny outpost of Mauritius was held by the French, Britain would never be master of India… but their campaign was an inglorious failure.


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The Indian Ocean was the final battleground for Nelson's navy and France. At stake was Britain's commercial lifeline to India-and its strategic capacity to wage war in Europe. In one fatal season, the natural order of maritime power since Trafalgar was destroyed. In bringing home Bengali saltpeter for the Peninsular campaign with military and civilian passengers, Britain lost fourteen of her great Indiamen, either sunk or taken by enemy frigates. Many hundreds of lives were lost, and the East India Company was shaken to its foundations. The focus of these disasters, military and meteorological, was a tiny French outpost in mid-ocean-the island known as Mauritius. This is the story of that season. It brings together the terrifying ordeal of men, women, and children caught at sea in hurricanes, and those who survived to take up the battle to drive the French from the Eastern seas. Mauritius must be taken at any cost.

Book Details

Author Taylor, Stephen.
Format HC
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Number of Pages 400
Publish Date 17/01/2008
Catalogue Jul19
Catalogue book number 252