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Midshipman

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extract from [/i]ABERGAVENNY
log ADM 101/80/2
includes details on victualling problems at Port au Prince,Haiti in 1797 the ship could only get black bread,which was of no use for the black troops.An outbreak of dysentry was caused by the enemy poisoning the water supply.In 1798 a French baker put arsenic in the bread for the troops & crew,& caused a fatal outbreak of dysentry,for which he was tried & shot.

Black bread ?


Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:47 pm
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Black bread is another name for rye bread which is eaten most commonly in Eastern Europe where the crop is mainly grown. Whether this is the same as the black bread mentioned in your quote, I can't say - but it's a long way from home!


Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:37 pm
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Midshipman

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Hi Polly
Thanks for your reply,strange that ryebread would be of no use to black people though.


Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:58 am
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It seems that it was a rough type of dark bread usually associated with the poor.

As Polly noted, the name is associated with rye bread, but it seems it could also refer to other types of dark bread made with flour containing bran from grains such as barley.

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