Aaron Thomas : The Caribbean Journal Of A Royal Navy Seaman

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Keeping some sort of diary or journal about your daily thoughts and experiences is at times said to be therapeutic and help the mind unwind. It is also important when it comes to looking back and seeing how time has changed the not only a persons thoughts and actions but the worlds. This is what is seen in Aaron Thomas’s: The Caribbean Journal of a Royal Navy Seaman. Documenting a year at sea is obviously time consuming, can take a great toll on a person but most importantly can give a great deal of information about the person as well as the time period and geographical location. Aaron Thomas: The Caribbean Journal of a Royal Navy Seaman is a personal diary/journal belonging to Aaron Thomas. It began on June 15, 1798 and ended on October 26, 1799. The entries were written aboard a ship named the HMS Lapwing traveling in the West Indies during the French Revolutionary Wars. The journal contains first-hand accounts of the naval operations upon the HMS Lapwing, descriptions of their customs, as well as humorous stories about his shipmates. There are also entries about the health and punishment conditions of the men aboard the ship to go alongside his personal take on controversial topics such as religion and slavery. This journal in particular is just one in a series that Thomas wrote throughout his life. Aaron Thomas was born in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England on January 18, 1762. There are no records regarding Thomas’ formal education but it is assumed from…
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