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10 thoughts on “Willoughbyland: England's Lost Colony

  1. Stephen Stephen says:

    interesting and detailed account of the lost English colony in what s now in present day Suriname which was settled and then lost to the Dutch in the wars of 1665 67 over economic trade and colonisation


  2. Grumpus Grumpus says:

    The grumpus23 23 word commentary Could not finish it Everything jumped and felt disjointed I never got into anything like a chronological flow Very disappointed in this one.


  3. John John says:

    I learned from this book about an area close to U.S but seldom written about When we think of an English Lost Colony we usually think of Roanoke, but here is the story of a second lost colony You will find a connection between the two It was very easy to read so do not be intimidated by a non fiction history book.


  4. Dan Vine Dan Vine says:

    A very readable account of a fascinating episode in British colonial history


  5. Tony Laplume Tony Laplume says:

    Matthew Parker presents a fascinating cross section of history in Willoughbyland, although there s the impression that s perhaps it s the cross section itself, rather than the subject, that lends the book it s appeal.At times it seems Parker is most attracted to the colony as a kind of reclamation project, the best reflection of English activities at a time of great social upheaval Cromwell that left bitter divisions everywhere in its wake, including the eponymous colony For American readers, Matthew Parker presents a fascinating cross section of history in Willoughbyland, although there s the impression that s perhaps it s the cross section itself, rather than the subject, that lends the book it s appeal.At times it seems Parker is most attracted to the colony as a kind of reclamation project, the best reflection of English activities at a time of great social upheaval Cromwell that left bitter divisions everywhere in its wake, including the eponymous colony For American readers, it s a rare window into early colonial lore not connected merely to explorers or revolution It s also a reminder of the considerable relevant history of the period Willoughbyland was in fact traded with the Dutch for New York.Parker includes some fascinating characters in his account Sir Walter Raleigh is the best known of them, but how his activities intersect this narrative are perhaps the most interesting part of the whole book He also writes about the comparatively obscure Aphra Behn, who comes off as farcompelling than her lack of current legacy would suggest perhaps because her literary works do not ultimately stand the test of time Where Parker fails with her, really, is admitting that history doesn t generally acknowledge her actual presence at the colony, but then he proceeds to act as if it were fact, once he presents a case to the contrary.If there s a real weakness to the book, it s that Parker seems to summarize all his material It has the cumulative effect of diminishing its significance Reading it you re convinced that he s unearthed one of the great unknown and lamentable experiments in the New World But then you begin to wonderthe colony itself lasted only a few years, really, and Parker spends all this time justifying its brief English incarnation But again, this is a story, a cautionary tale, about how even the most fortuitous things can be lost if not appreciated for what they are, if all the players are too caught up in their petty squabbles to get out of their own way Nothing great happened here because there simply wasn t enough time Everyone thought the important things were happening someplace else Everything could ve been very different very easilySo, a fascinating read, all considered


  6. Jack Jack says:

    I read this book hoping it would be similar to Grann s The Lost City of Z Willoughbyland is a fairly narrow subject and he did alot of research putting it together But I found the story had no flow but got lost in the details, it read like a HS history book with no attempt to engage the reader with any drama, adventure or suspense I thought the characters were cardboard one dimensional If you like your history dry and with numerous details and dates you will enjoy this book.


  7. Nathan Albright Nathan Albright says:

    Part historical mystery and part melancholy look at the darker underside of imperialism, this book looks at the origins of Suriname in an English colony established during the chaotic days of the English Civil War and its aftermath When one hears about lost colonies, there are several ways that a colony can be lost The colony could have been lost in the sense that colonies were traded among imperial powers after wars, where diplomats would have to gauge the relative worth of a city like New Part historical mystery and part melancholy look at the darker underside of imperialism, this book looks at the origins of Suriname in an English colony established during the chaotic days of the English Civil War and its aftermath When one hears about lost colonies, there are several ways that a colony can be lost The colony could have been lost in the sense that colonies were traded among imperial powers after wars, where diplomats would have to gauge the relative worth of a city like New York or Madras against an island in the Caribbean or off the coast of South America That is one way in which Suriname was lost to the British as a result of one of the Anglo Dutch wars of the 17th century Additionally, a colony could be lost to time in the way that the forest had swallowed up all remnants of mansions and fields so that nothing remained of the physical culture of the plantations that the English sought to establish there, and in that way as well Willougbyland has been lost, in that very little of it exists except in the memory of historians of imperialism 1.This book is a relatively normal size for its scope a bitthan 250 pages but is written by someone who does not believe that the reader knows much about the context of efforts by Europeans in the aftermath of discovery to place colonies in the Guianas, which taken at their largest span range from the Orinoco River to theRiver, including two independent countries Guyana and Suriname , one European colony Cayenne French Guiana , and parts of two other countries Venezuela and Brazil The first part of this book focuses on the discovery of the Guianas and early myths about El Dorado and a supposed large lake that exists in the middle of the territory, about which there is still considerable debate because the interior regions remain so poorly known and so sparsely inhabited except by large and dangerous plants and animals of various kinds After this the author discusses the political divide between royalist and Roundhead in England as well as islands like Barbados, followed by a discussion of the dissension and spycraft that included noted early woman writer Aphra Behn and a Dutch attack that won the area for them as a result of the Treaty of Breda, and the aftermath of the war for the various people involved, some of whom didn t make it out alive.There is a strong sense of melancholy that runs through this book Part of the reason for that is because the author himself is of resolutely contemporary opinions against slavery, and the economic development of Suriname was heavily dependent on the labor of slaves To reflect upon the misery inflicted upon people over the course of centuries of oppression is certainly a melancholy one There is also a sense of melancholy because so much death was focused on a fragile if cruel civilization that as left so few traces to the present day As someone who has often reflected upon the melancholy beauty of ruins which have left little trace of what were once great cities inhabited by worthwhile and interesting people like that of Colosse in what is now Turkey I found this book to be one that was a lengthy reflection upon ruins and loss, not only the loss of life but of freedom, wealth, and even the memory that one had lived there The English colonists whose lust for property and whose interest in slavery caused such misery become figures worth lamenting as well, leading to an overall tone of sadness at a lost age where what was seen as a paradise became a hell 1 See, for example


  8. Kristen Kristen says:

    Ever hear of Willoughbyland I don t mean the A Stop at Willoughby episode of the Twilight Zone Neither had I In Willoughbyland England s Lost Colony Matthew Parker tells the story of the founding, flourishing, and eventual fall of a paradise on the coast of South America in what is today know as Suriname The story begins with the tale of El Dorado, the legendary lost city of gold Sir Walter Raleigh whose name the author insists on spelling Ralegh believed the mythical city existed Ever hear of Willoughbyland I don t mean the A Stop at Willoughby episode of the Twilight Zone Neither had I In Willoughbyland England s Lost Colony Matthew Parker tells the story of the founding, flourishing, and eventual fall of a paradise on the coast of South America in what is today know as Suriname The story begins with the tale of El Dorado, the legendary lost city of gold Sir Walter Raleigh whose name the author insists on spelling Ralegh believed the mythical city existed and was located somewhere in the area He headed an exploration to find it, and while he didn t, his published accounts of the trip and the area encouraged other adventurers to explore it.Years pass and the English Civil War intervenes Enter Francis Lord Willoughby who as a Royalist ends up fleeing the Parliamentarians in England for Barbados as the King s governor there Willoughby sends a party to the South American coast to explore the Suriname river The area holds promise and the English begin to settle there The Parliament fleet catches up with Willoughby at Barbados The Royalists are expelled from the island, but are allowed to move to the new colony in Suriname Willoughbyland The colony thrives as a sugar producer, but at the cost of slavery Eventually the English are at war with the Dutch and while the English conquer New Netherland what is now New York, Delaware and New Jersey the Dutch conquer Willoughbyland When peace is declared, the English offer to exchange New Netherland for Willoughbyland, but it is decided that each country will keep their conquests Thus New Netherland becomes New York and Willoughbyland becomes Suriname Full disclosure I received an advanced reader copy of this book


  9. Nelson Nelson says:

    Willoughbyland England s Lost Colony was a great setting as much English history of the Americas is focused on the Northern colonies being North America and Canada England s Lost Colony refers to Suriname called Willoughbyland after Lord Willoughby the governor of Barbados who proposed settling Suriname in South America.The book goes from the earliest English exploration of the area right up to settlement and its eventual takeover by the Dutch What fascinated me was European accounts of the j Willoughbyland England s Lost Colony was a great setting as much English history of the Americas is focused on the Northern colonies being North America and Canada England s Lost Colony refers to Suriname called Willoughbyland after Lord Willoughby the governor of Barbados who proposed settling Suriname in South America.The book goes from the earliest English exploration of the area right up to settlement and its eventual takeover by the Dutch What fascinated me was European accounts of the jungle, wildlife and myths of El Dorado as this would have been many Europeans first experience out of a temperate climate zone.While the book has many fascinating subjects contained in it, there are also a lot of dark subjects such as conflict with local native populations and slavery of Africans on the sugar plantations Ironically the African slaves would outlive their English masters living out in the jungle and causing the Dutch to resort to brutal punishment to combat the Maroons escaped African slaves living in communities in the jungle.Overall i enjoyed this book and further research Suriname because of it


  10. janetandjohn janetandjohn says:

    My other half read this one loves n f books full of interesting stuff Here s his view No padding, always a good start, and a fascinating bit of English history which I ll put money on hardly any of us know anything about Following Cromwell s success in the English Civil War, many Royalists struck out for pastures new Sir Francis Willoughby was one of them This is an excellent introduction to England s small wars in the 17th century, how we led the slave trade and how a lot of money was s My other half read this one loves n f books full of interesting stuff Here s his view No padding, always a good start, and a fascinating bit of English history which I ll put money on hardly any of us know anything about Following Cromwell s success in the English Civil War, many Royalists struck out for pastures new Sir Francis Willoughby was one of them This is an excellent introduction to England s small wars in the 17th century, how we led the slave trade and how a lot of money was spent getting nowhere at all


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Willoughbyland: England's Lost Colony ➽ [Reading] ➿ Willoughbyland: England's Lost Colony By Matthew Parker ➲ – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk At the beginning of the s, England was in ruins wrecked by civil war and plague Yet shimmering on the horizon was a vision of paradise Willoughbyland Ever since Sir Walter Ralegh set out in to claim At the beginning of the s, England was in ruins wrecked by civil war and plague Yet shimmering on the horizon was a vision of paradise Willoughbyland Ever since Sir Walter Ralegh set out into claim the Beautiful Empire of Guiana for the English crown and to find the legendary city of El Dorado adventurers had struggled Willoughbyland: England's PDF \ against the fierce jungle of the Wild Coast in search of their fortuneNow, in the lush landscape between the great and Orinoco rivers, a group of exiled Cavaliers had established a new settlement named after its founder Sir Francis WilloughbyThis is the untold story of Willoughbyland s spectacular rise and fall, set at a pivotal moment in British and world history Here are the indigenous Indian kings and their people, both friend and foe to the new arrivals Here is Fifth Baron Willoughby himself, like his colony a mass of contradictory extremes And here is Aphra Behn later one of the most successful dramatists of the Restoration stage sent to spy on a man with whom she will fall in love, transforming the fate of this entire enterpriseIn the blissfully warm and fragrant air, these adventurers and exiles found a place of unimaginable freedom and natural beauty Yet, as planters and traders followed explorers, and mercenaries and spies followed political dissidents, Willoughbyland would become a place of terror and cruelty, of sugar and slavery As Matthew Parker reveals, the history of Willoughbyland is a microcosm of the history of empire, its heady attractions and fatal dangers.

    Kindle Welcome to the Kindle ereader store world history Here are the indigenous Indian kings and their people, both friend and foe to the new arrivals Here is Fifth Baron Willoughby himself, like his colony a mass of contradictory extremes And here is Aphra Behn later one of the most successful dramatists of the Restoration stage sent to spy on a man with whom she will fall in love, transforming the fate of this entire enterpriseIn the blissfully warm and fragrant air, these adventurers and exiles found a place of unimaginable freedom and natural beauty Yet, as planters and traders followed explorers, and mercenaries and spies followed political dissidents, Willoughbyland would become a place of terror and cruelty, of sugar and slavery As Matthew Parker reveals, the history of Willoughbyland is a microcosm of the history of empire, its heady attractions and fatal dangers."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Willoughbyland: England's Lost Colony
  • Matthew Parker
  • English
  • 19 July 2017
  • 0091954096

About the Author: Matthew Parker

I m currently working on a new book, due to be published in August , that tells the extraordinary story of Willoughbyland, the forgotten seventeenth century English colony in Suriname that was exchanged with the Dutch for New YorkWhen not reading, writing or staring out of the window, I love making sushi, pubs, growing stuff and visiting Willoughbyland: England's PDF \ remote placesI m a member of the Authors Cricket Club, and wrote a chapter of A Season of English Cricket from Hackney to Hambledon I am also a contributor to the forthcoming Oxford Companion to SweetsI live in East London with my wife, three children and annoying dog.