Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky

By Mark Kurlansky

A pleasant romp via heritage with all its monetary forces laid naked, Cod is the biography of a unmarried species of fish, however it may well to boot be an international background with this humble fish as its ordinary major personality. Cod, it seems, is the explanation Europeans set sail around the Atlantic, and it's the purely cause they can. What did the Vikings consume in icy Greenland and at the 5 expeditions to the US recorded within the Icelandic sagas? Cod--frozen and dried within the frosty air, then damaged into items and eaten like hardtack. What was once the staple of the medieval vitamin? Cod back, offered salted by way of the Basques, an enigmatic individuals with a mysterious, limitless provide of cod. As we make our means during the centuries of cod heritage, we additionally discover a scrumptious legacy of recipes, and the tragic tale of environmental failure, of depleted fishing shares the place as soon as their numbers have been te destiny of the universe. Here--for scientist and layperson alike, for thinker, science-fiction reader, biologist, and computing device expert--is a startlingly entire and rational synthesis of disciplines, and a brand new, confident message approximately existence.

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In recognition of his service, Aaron Burr, now twenty, was promoted to major, and in June 1776 he joined the staff of General George Washington in New York City. Washington had moved the army to New York after the British evacuated Boston a few months earlier. Washington’s staff was occupying a mansion and large property known as Richmond Hill, in what is now Greenwich Village. ) Confronting the British in New York proved one of Washington’s most disastrous decisions.

The destruction of Fort Caroline, near present-day Jacksonville, in September 1565 and the slaughter of French soldiers a few weeks later was a mass sectarian killing by the Spanish admiral who founded Saint Augustine. ” But we can’t tell that to the children, can we? Such things don’t happen in America! So we allow them to pass through history class and let them walk through a museum “learning center,” safe in the knowledge that they are spared the ugliness in our past. Of course, the problem is that they never learn the truth.

1799 George Washington dies at age sixty-seven on December 14. , in June. The balloting in the December presidential election produces a tie. The contest is sent to the House of Representatives. 1801 After thirty-six ballots, the House chooses Thomas Jefferson as third president of the United States on February 17; Aaron Burr becomes vice president. 1803 Marbury v. ” 1803 The Louisiana Purchase. The United States roughly doubles in size. Under the terms of the purchase, the status of West Florida and Texas is left unclear.

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