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The First Fleet (Paperback)

Alan Frost

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Paperback. In 1787 a convoy of eleven ships, carrying about 1500 people, set out from England for Botany Bay. According to the conventional account, it was a shambolic affair: under-prepared, poorly .Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 272 pages. 0.260. Bookseller Inventory # 9781863955614

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Title: The First Fleet (Paperback)

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

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In 1787 a convoy of eleven ships, carrying about 1400 people, set out from England for Botany Bay, on the east coast of New South Wales. According to the conventional account, it was a shambolic affair- underprepared, poorly equipped and ill-disciplined. Robert Hughes condemned the organisers for their '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 hundreds of previously neglected records to debunk these persistent myths. He shows that the voyage was in fact meticulously planned - reflecting its importance to Britain's imperial and commercial ambitions. 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.

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