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1636 The China Venture – Snippet 20

1636 The China Venture – Snippet 20 Soon after Judith descended below, the hatch closed. Her nostrils were immediately assailed. She was not as fastidious as the up-timers, but the smell of sweat and garlic was so fierce that she … Continue reading

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1636 The China Venture – Snippet 19

1636 The China Venture – Snippet 19 PART III: 1635 On the road to Mandalay, Where the old Flotilla lay, With our sick beneath the awnings when we went to Mandalay! Rudyard Kipling, Mandalay Chapter 15 Eastern Indian Ocean February … Continue reading

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1636 The China Venture – Snippet 18

1636 The China Venture – Snippet 18 Normally, there were two major convoys of VOC ships to Batavia, the Christmas fleet and the Easter fleet. The Easter fleet arrived in Batavia at a bad time relative to the monsoon season, … Continue reading

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1636 The China Venture – Snippet 17

1636 The China Venture – Snippet 17 Chapter 12 Year of the Dog, Seventh Month (August 23-September 21, 1634) Tongcheng, China The carter pushed a two-wheeled barrow down the main street of Tongcheng. It was laden with firewood. Tongcheng met … Continue reading

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1636 The China Venture – Snippet 16

1636 The China Venture – Snippet 16 Chapter 11 June 1634 Magdeburg “Mr. Ambassador,” said Martina, “permit me to introduce you to your staff.” “Please do so,” said Johann Alder Salvius. Emperor Gustav Adolf’s pick to head the USE mission … Continue reading

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1636 The China Venture – Snippet 15

1636 The China Venture – Snippet 15 The detour also lengthened what would probably have been a ten day cruise up to fourteen days. But that was good enough; Captain Hamilton had been told that the Powers-that-Be in the SEAC … Continue reading

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1636 The China Venture – Snippet 14

1636 The China Venture – Snippet 14 Chapter 10 May 1634 Stockholm At the Stockholm Mint, Marcus Koch, the Mint Master of Stockholm, and Captain Hamilton of the Groen Feniks watched as silver bars and coins were counted out and … Continue reading

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1636 The China Venture – Snippet 13

1636 The China Venture – Snippet 13 PART II: 1634 For the Temple-bells are callin’, an’ it’s there that I would be– By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin’ lazy at the sea Rudyard Kipling, Mandalay Chapter 9 Tongcheng, China Year … Continue reading

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1636 The China Venture – Snippet 12

1636 The China Venture – Snippet 12 Chapter 8 Grantville December 1633 “So what will it be today?” asked Cora. Eric Garlow and Mike Song had met Mike’s sister-in-law Ashley and Mike’s brother Danny for lunch at Cora’s Cafe. Eric … Continue reading

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1636 The China Venture – Snippet 11

1636 The China Venture – Snippet 11 Jim, Martina and Eric were in Martina’s kitchen, rinsing dishes. Jim and Martina had invited Eric over for dinner. Eric’s wife Heather had also been invited, but Eric came alone, saying that Heather … Continue reading

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