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She-Merchants, Buccaneers and Gentlewomen by Katie Hickman

Courtesy of Katie Hickman/ Sunday Times In February 1617, a young woman, Frances Webb, set sail for India on board an East India Company [EIC] vessel, the New Year’s Gift.   In the 17th Century, the company had strict rules prohibiting women from their voyages, but Frances Webb and another Englishwoman, Mrs Hudson, had managed […]