Jane Hooper is an associate professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. She is the author of two Ohio University Press books: Feeding Globalization: Madagascar and the Provisioning Trade, 1600–1800 (2017) and Yankees in the Indian Ocean: American Commerce and Whaling, 1786–1860. Her scholarly interests include piracy, queens, and slave trading in the Indian Ocean.
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This unprecedented study of nineteenth-century American merchant and whaling activity in the Indian Ocean shows how it shaped later US imperial incursions in the Pacific and Caribbean. Sailors’ journals and other primary sources reveal American influence on the period’s global commerce, illegal slaving, and environmental degradation.
Between 1600 and 1800, the promise of fresh food attracted more than seven hundred English, French, and Dutch vessels to Madagascar. Throughout this period, European ships spent months at sea in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, but until now scholars have not fully examined how crews were fed during these long voyages. Without sustenance from Madagascar, European traders would have struggled to transport silver to Asia and spices back to Europe.