Mauritius Command – The author of the Mauritius Command is Patrick O’Brian, a British writer retelling in the fictional way the campaign that really happened in 1810. It is a naval and historic novel with number four in the Aubrey-Maturin stories series following the Captain Jack Aubrey and surgeon Stephen Maturin partnership. The action retells the royal navy campaign under the commodore Josias Rowley. Like in the rest of the stories, the tactical seamanship of Aubrey is a proper for the Machiavellian and dramatic scheming of Maturin, an intelligence master and doctor. In the Mauritius Command, France and Britain both have to protect the trade routes preying on enemies in the Indian Ocean.
The harbours of the island are Saint Paul’s, Port South East and Port Louis, all with deep waters. The mission of Stephen Maturin and Jack Aubrey is to conquer Mauritius and the Reunion Island. The frigates of France had forty guns, each of them with 24 pounders (Caroline, Bellone, Manche and Venus) while the British had: Sirius (18 pounders) with Captain Pym as leader,
In those times, a captain had to spend about 20 years or even more on the list of the captain before being able to be promoted as admiral. The appointment of the commodore was an important plum and it was received by the senior captains only.
In Mauritius Command, The admiralty directly appointed Aubrey for a post that usually would have come to one senior officer and with the persuasion of Maturin’s help.