Did you know?

August 31, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Posted in Legal History | 1 Comment
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Did you know during the American Civil War a Confederate ship (The Alabama) was sunk off the coast of France by a Union ship (The USS Kearseage)?  It happened on June 19, 1864, just shy of one year from the war’s end.  The significance of this event lies in the fact that the U.S. sued Great Britain “for reparations for the damage caused by the Alabama and other raiders built in England”, leading to the first ever international arbitrage for England in 1872 (Alabama Arbitrage).



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  1. How interesting! I don’t know how I missed this history lesson in class…

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