Why were British sailors called limies?
British sailors were issued lime juice as a remedy for scurvy.
Prior to the 1700s, sailors often developed the disease scurvy, which would afflict them after long times at sea when eating only preserved foods. By the early 1700's, the British navy had determined that giving sailors a daily ration of lemon juice or lime juice could prevent the disease. Scurvy continued to be a problem until the late 1700s, as some voyages were so long that the ships weren't able to carry enough fresh fruit…
The kidnapping of American sailors by the British was called Impressment. British Press gangs roamed the seas and were more or less able to kidnap and force anyone, including American sailors, into Impressment. By demanding to see a non-existent document, no one was able to present, sailors found themselves forced into service.
The British navy needed sailors and began taking them off American vessels by force in a procedure called?
The British navy needed sailors and began taking them off American vessels by force in a procedure called impressment?
During the 18th and early 19th century, after long periods at sea, sailors were afflicted by a condition known as scurvy. It was eventually discovered that this condition was caused by a lack of vitamin C during long sea voyages. To cure the problem, British sailors were given a ration of limes. American sailors were amused by this and started calling the British sailors Limeys which quickly spread to British people in general.