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Willoughbyland: England's Lost Colony

by Matthew Parker

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"At the beginning of the 1650s, wrecked by plague and civil war, England was in ruins. Yet shimmering on the horizon was a vision of paradise called Willoughbyland. When Sir Walter Raleigh set out to South America to find the legendary city of El Dorado, he paved the way for an endless series of adventurers who would struggle against the harsh reality of South America's wild jungles. Six decades later, when a group of English gentlemen expelled from England chose to establish a new colony there, they named the settlement in honor of its founder--Sir Francis Willoughby. Located in the lush landscape between the Amazon and Orinoco rivers, in what is now Suriname, Willougbyland experienced one of colonialism's most spectacular rises. But as planters and traders followed explorers, and mercenaries and soldiers followed political dissidents, the one-time paradise became a place of terror and cruelty, of sugar and slavery. A microcosm of the history of empire, this is the hitherto untold story of that fateful colony"--Provided by publisher.… (more)
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This book tells the story of England in the 17th century and the efforts of one man, Francis Willoughby, to set up a colony in what is now Suriname. Known as Eilloughbyland, this was as sugar growing colony in the lush landscape of the north-east coast of South America. Along with the story of Willoughbyland is the story of England. The beheading of a king, the restoration, the plague and the slavery of Africans. There are failures and successes and spies and explorers. There is the hope of gold. A well-written and interesting tale about the development of Willoughbyland and its downfall. ( )
  CarolKub | Feb 27, 2023 |
Suriname may be the smallest country in South America, but it has a larger-than-life history. While the English were busy colonizing North America and the Caribbean in the 17th century, Sir Francis Willoughby established his own proprietorship on the Suriname River. The history of this short-lived English colony is filled with explorers searching for El Dorado (including Sir Walter Ralegh), Cavaliers and Roundheads, and author Aphra Behn. The maps and illustrations enhance the text. While it's aimed at general readers rather than scholars, the end notes and bibliography reflect the author's use of primary sources in his research. If you're interested in 17th century colonial history, the search for El Dorado, or Aphra Behn, it would be worth the effort to get hold of a copy of this book. ( )
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"At the beginning of the 1650s, wrecked by plague and civil war, England was in ruins. Yet shimmering on the horizon was a vision of paradise called Willoughbyland. When Sir Walter Raleigh set out to South America to find the legendary city of El Dorado, he paved the way for an endless series of adventurers who would struggle against the harsh reality of South America's wild jungles. Six decades later, when a group of English gentlemen expelled from England chose to establish a new colony there, they named the settlement in honor of its founder--Sir Francis Willoughby. Located in the lush landscape between the Amazon and Orinoco rivers, in what is now Suriname, Willougbyland experienced one of colonialism's most spectacular rises. But as planters and traders followed explorers, and mercenaries and soldiers followed political dissidents, the one-time paradise became a place of terror and cruelty, of sugar and slavery. A microcosm of the history of empire, this is the hitherto untold story of that fateful colony"--Provided by publisher.

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