Monday, June 18, 2018

One main result from this war

By 1742, the "War of Jenkins' Ear" had died of inertia, becoming involved in a more general European conflict. England's only worthwhile gain from this effort to loot the Spanish empire was Anson's demonstration that lime juice is an excellent preventative for scurvy, a disease prevalent among sailors deprived of vitamin-bearing fresh foods on long voyages.

(from A History of England and the British Empire)

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