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Elephants are ever present in the Courtney series. They are the largest land mammals on Earth, and one of the most highly intelligent.
The Dutch or United East India Company was the world's first multinational corporation and the first company in the world to issue stock. In Birds of Prey and Blue Horizon the Courtneys are constantly at war with representatives of the Dutch East India Company, which runs the colony at Good Hope.
It is 1667 and the mighty naval war between the Dutch and the English still rages. Sir Francis Courteney and his son Hal, in their fighting caravel, are on patrol off Southern Africa, lying in wait for a galleon of the Dutch East India Company returning from the Orient laden with spices, timber and gold.
There were four naval conflicts between England and the Dutch Republic in the 17th and 18th centuries. It was a time when the European nations were fighting each other to establish colonies and trading posts all over the world and the Anglo-Dutch Wars were all about naval supremacy, control of the High Seas and the increasingly valuable trade routes.