The First Fleet: The Real Story
“Alan Frost is the myth-buster of Australian history...His work should be studied not only by students but anyone interested in the birth of a nation.” — the Age
In 1787 a convoy of eleven ships, carrying about 1400 people, set out from England for Botany Bay. According to the conventional account, it was a shambolic affair: under-prepared, poorly equipped and ill-disciplined. Robert Hughes condemned the organisers’ “muddle and lack of foresight”, while Manning Clark described scenes of “indescribable misery and confusion”.
In The First Fleet: The Real Story, Alan Frost draws on previously forgotten records to debunk these persistent myths. He shows that the voyage was in fact meticulously planned – reflecting its importance to the British government’s secret ambitions for imperial expansion. He examines the ships and supplies, passengers and behind-the-scenes discussions. In the process, he reveals the hopes and schemes of those who planned the voyage, and the experiences of those who made it.
‘It is almost certain that Frost knows more than anybody else about the early maritime history of this land ... This book will surely alter the way Sydney sees its history.’ — Geoffrey Blainey, The Weekend Australian
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... and the Cape of Good Hope, but to the excellent quality of the provisions with which we were supplied by Mr Richards Jr, the contractor'.13 Whom should we rather believe – the art critic whose historical research was inadequate; ...
... Lord Sydney that if the commanding officer who shall be entrusted with the care of the service shall draw bills from the Cape Verde Islands or from the Cape of Good Hope for the purchase of cattle, seed grain or other necessaries, ...
The East India Company also needed to be told of the decision, as its royal charter gave it the exclusive monopoly of all British trade in the vast region between the Cape of Good Hope and the coasts of the Americas.
(What he had seen during his years in Brazil and at the Cape of Good Hope presumably influenced his aversion to slavery as a social institution.) And, 'as I would not wish convicts to lay the foundations of an empire, ...
In the 1790s, the opportunity to have their salaries paid in this way enabled the officers of the New South Wales Corps to band together to import goods from the Cape of Good Hope, India and the East Indies, thus beginning the notorious ...
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The First FleetUser Review - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing
The First Fleet: The Real Story is a companion volume to Alan Frost┐s earlier book, Botany Bay: The Real Story. It deals with the same subject as David Hill┐s 1788, but unlike Hill, Frost is an ... Read full review
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