Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Sardines and Marseilles

From Forbes:
The story begins in 1779, in a place called Puducherry in India. Throughout the 18th century, it was one of several key trading posts in the region, which the British and French fought over — notably during the Anglo-French wars and the Siege of Pondicherry (which is what the region is sometimes called). In 1779, the British orchestrated a prisoner exchange, swapping some captured French soldiers in exchange for their own. The Frenchmen boarded a frigate called the “Sartine”, named after King Louis XVI's Maritime Minister, Antoine de Sartine, and the prestigious boat headed for the Mediterranean to take its men back to France. (Read more.)

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