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The Colonies, 1492-1750

Reuben Gold Thwaites

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .bisher in three successive voyages (1576-1578) vainly sought gold in Labrador. Francis Drake, on his famous buccaneering tour around the world, explored the Pacific coast of the United States as far north as Cape Blanco (1579), unsuccessfully searching for a short cut by water through the continent.

Gilbert's voyage.

Gilbert saw that Newfoundland must thereafter be considered as the nucleus of English settlement in America; and in 1579 Sir Humphrey, himself a soldier and a member of Parliament, accompanied by his step-brother, Sir Walter Raleigh, went out to lead the way. Storms and other disasters drove them back, and it was 1583 before another squadron could be equipped. Raleigh remained in England; but Gilbert landed at St. John's, where he found that four hundred vessels of various nationalities, mainly Spanish and Portuguese, were annually engaged in the fisheries. He took possession of the island for the queen, examined the neighboring mainland, and f. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Published prior to the First World War, The Colonies should be read as a means to understand how historians viewed our Colonial past 125 years ago. The book clues the reader into what issues Thwaites felt were important to cover as well as how those issues should be seen. Some might judge him harshl