The British Colonies; Their History, Extent, Condition and Resources Volume 12

The British Colonies; Their History, Extent, Condition and Resources Volume 12

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...with, the richly productive Eastern Archipelago. Had the life of Sir Stamford Rafiies been longer spared, his patriotic mind would probably have been turned to the subject; or had Java not been restored to Holland by the culpable ESTABLISHMENT OF BRITISH INFLUENCE IN BORNEO--1839. _ neglect of Lord Castlereagh, the position of Britain in these regions would probably have been long since potent for good. At length, by an apparently fortuitous, but doubtless divinely ordained series of events, a private gentleman of chivalrous character and innate love of enterprise, achieved the exploit of directing the attention of the British government to these fair isles, and procuring the termination of the Dutch monopoly at a time when it was exercised with peculiar tenacity. Leaving behind a record of his objects and desires, Mr. James Brooke set forth, in the winter of 1838339, in his yacht the Royalist, to eek in the far-famed South-Asian isles, that continuous excitement derived from the pursuit of noble objects, which, to some men, is as necessary to existence as the air they breathe. Imbued with the spirit of Raleigh, but with a prudence which that gallant adventurer lacked, Mr. Brooke had patiently waited his time, --had fought with and overcome, by quiet steadfastness of purpose, many obstacles before he reached the country of his hopes and aspirations (August, 1839.) The government of Borneo was at thistime almost wholly disorganised, and Mr. Brooke, after mature deliberation, resolved to accept the responsible and arduous oflice of ruling as rajah a tract of territory in an advantageous position on the coast of Borneo, now fami 'Mr. Brooke is the son of the late Thomas Brooke, a well-known civilian in the service of the Hon. E. 1. more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236857461
  • 9781236857460