Willoughbyland: England's Lost Colony (Paperback)
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Willoughbyland: England's Lost Colony (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 10/03/2016
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At the beginning of the 1650s, England was in ruins - wrecked, impoverished, grief-stricken by plague and civil war. Yet shimmering on the horizon was an intoxicating possibility, a vision of paradise: Willoughbyland.

Ambitious and free-thinking adventurers poured in, attracted by the toleration, the optimism, the rich soil and the promise of the gold of El Dorado. It was England's most hopeful colony.

But the Restoration saw the end of political freedom, and brought in its place spies, war, rebellion and treachery. The advent of racial slavery poisoned everything. What started out as a heaven was soon to become one of the cruellest places on earth.

The history of Willoughbyland is a microcosm of empire, its heady attractions and fatal dangers.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780099559399
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 294 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm


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Parker has trawled the letters and literature, and travelled out to Suriname, and the result is a miniature masterpiece....this is a truly extraordinary tale and, in Parker's hands, it's beautifully told. With great wit and scholarship he reveals - just for a moment - a cruel and curious world, before it vanishes again beneath the trees. * The Spectator *
An excellent account...Willoughbyland is popular history at its best. * Literary Review *
A fascinating tale of courage and desperation, cruelty and betrayal, and it was all sparked by the search for the legendary city of gold, El Dorado. * Event, Mail on Sunday *
The author has written several other highly enjoyable histories of the Caribbean, and he is on fine and colourful form here. * Sunday Times *
A fascinating tale...Matthew Parker is an entertaining historian who has produced a lively account. * Daily Express *

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