Undreamed Shores

Undreamed Shores : England's Wasted Empire in America

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  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 154 x 236 x 24mm | 619.99g
  • HARRAP
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Ill.(some col.).
  • 0245519823
  • 9780245519826

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First published in 1974, Undreamed Shores well deserves a reprinting in paperback. It provides one of the best brief accounts available of the efforts and failures of English colonial ambitions in the 16th century. Finely written, well grounded in the primary sources from which it quotes extensively, and illustrated with evocative contemporary images, the book really succeeds in conjuring up the mood of period and place. Foss's brisk narrative tells of the adventures of men such as Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake, Thomas Stukeley and Humphrey Gilbert, Martin Frobisher and Richard Hakluyt, to discover, settle and exploit the lands rapidly opening up in the New World. He contrasts their various motives - Raleigh the entrepreneur and patriot, Gilbert the young idealist, Stukeley the ruthless pirate - and chronicles their sad ends - Drake in the West Indies, Raleigh in prison and Stukeley on a battle field in Alcazar. Foss succeeds in explaining why these men never quite made it and in showing why Sapin under Phillip II was to emerge as lord of the Americas. (Kirkus UK)show more

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