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A merciless place : the lost story of Britain's convict disaster in Africa and how it led to the settlement of Australia

Author: Emma Christopher
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this book, the author has found the 'missing link' between the American Revolution and The Fatal Shore, and tells the extraordinary story - lost for two centuries - of how a failed British attempt to establish a penal colony in West Africa led to their eventual decision to abandon their African plans and establish a new colony in the recently discovered colony known as New South Wales.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emma Christopher
ISBN: 9781742372273 1742372279
OCLC Number: 647161097
Awards: Winner of AHA (Australian Historical Association) Kay Daniels Award 2012 (Australia)
Winner of QLD Premier's Literary Awards 2011 (Australia)
Short-listed for NSW Premier's History Awards 2011 (Australia)
Short-listed for General History Prize 2011 (Australia)
Description: 448 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: CONTENTSDestinations for Britian's transported convicts, c.1770-1800 West Africa, c.1780-1822 Introduction1 BOUND FOR AMERICA 2 MR JEFFERSON AND PATRICK MADAN3 LONDON IN FLAMES4 THE 'BEST SACRIFICES FOR DEATH'5 AFRICA6 THE BATTLE FOR THE COAST7 DESERTING TO THE ENEMY8 A PLANTATION WITH SLAVES9 A MUTINY AND A MOST PECULIAR MURDER10 TROUBLE AT GOREE ISLAND 11 'NAKED AND DISEASED ON THE SANDY SHORE'12 TRYING AMERICA AGAIN13 THE ONCE MIGHTY ARE FALLEN14 LEMANE ISLAND15 THE END OF THE AFRICAN DISASTERAfterwordAcknoweledgementsList of AbbreviationsNotesBibliographyIndex
Responsibility: Emma Christopher.

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