The Island that Disappeared: The Lost History of the Mayflower's Sister Ship and Its Rival Puritan Colony

The Island that Disappeared: The Lost History of the Mayflower's Sister Ship and Its Rival Puritan Colony

by Tom Feiling


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The creation myth of the United States begins with the plucky English puritans of the Mayflower--but what about the story of its sister ship, the Seaflower

Few people today know the story of the passengers aboard the Seaflower, who in 1630 founded a rival puritan colony on an isolated Caribbean island called Providence. They were convinced that England’s empire would rise not in barren New England, but rather in tropical Central America.

However, Providence became a colony in constant crisis: crops failed, slaves revolted . . . and then there were the pirates. And, as Tom Feiling discovers in this surprising history, the same drama was played out by the men and women who re-settled the island one hundred years later.

The Island That Disappeared presents Providence as a fascinating microcosm of colonialism--even today. At first glance it is an island of devout churchgoers - but look a little closer, and you see that it is still dependent on its smugglers.

At once intimate and global, this story of puritans and pirates goes to the heart of the contradictory nature of the Caribbean and how the Western World took shape.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612197081
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 16.50(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Tom Feiling is a writer, journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker and the author of two highly accliaimed books Cocaine Nation How the White Trade Took Over The World (Pegasus 2010) which was based on over 60 interviews with those involved in all aspects of the cocaine business and Short Walks from Bogota: Journeys in the New Columbia (Penguin, 2013), a travelogue exploring that country's culture, history and politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Maps of the Western Caribbean and Providence Island xiii

Part I 1

1 Building New Westminster 3

2 Educating Essex 21

3 The Seaflower 35

4 Cake, Ale, and Painful Preaching: A Banbury Tale 49

5 The First Voyage to the Miskito Coast 61

6 The Pride of the Righteous 73

7 The Africans, 'During Their Strangeness From Christianity' 87

8 'A Nest of Thieves and Pirates' 99

9 'Raw Potatoes and Turtle Meat' 113

10 The Last Days of Their Lordships' Isle 129

Part 2 151

11 'Little More Than the Summit of a Hill' 153

12 The Western Design 169

13 The Rise of Port Royal and the Recapture of Providence 187

14 Henry Morgan, Admiral of the Brethren 205

Part 3 223

15 Mariners, Castaways, and Renegades 225

16 The Last Englishman 255

17 'A Sort of Lying That Makes a Great Hole in the Heart' 273

18 How the Light Came In 295

Part 4 313

19 Modern Times 315

20 'Maybe They Don't Know What Is an Island' 335

21 'Still a Little Behind Time' 347

Epilogue 363

References 367

Acknowledgments 385

Index 389

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