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Thomas Jones: The Tambora Eruption, 5 February 2015

Tambora: The Eruption that Changed the World 
by Gillen D’ArcyWood.
Princeton, 293 pp., £19.95, April 2014, 978 0 691 15054 3
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... eruption of Mount Laki in June 1783 presented Benjamin Franklin with a more serious problem. As Gillen D’ArcyWood recounts, Franklin was in Paris the following spring, negotiating peace terms with the British. ‘The makeshift US capital in Annapolis, Maryland, was snowbound, preventing assembly of congressional ...

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