The Revolutionary Barons of the Sea

April 24, 2019

6:30pm – 8:00pm

The American clipper ship, a technological marvel, established the trading relationship between China and the U.S. in the mid-19th century. In Barons of the Sea: And Their Race to Build the World’s Fastest Clipper Ship, the maritime historian Steven Ujifusa chronicles the ship’s invention and how it propelled a golden age of trade and commerce, forever changing the economies and societies of both countries. Among the risk-taking daredevils and shrewd businessmen who owned clipper ships were Franklin Delano II, the grandfather of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Abiel Abbot Low, whose family endowed Columbia’s Low Library. Join us for a conversation with the maritime historian Steven Ujifusa, author of Barons of the Sea, and Nick Platt, former U.S. Ambassador and President of Asia Society. >more info on the upcoming event

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