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.
|Publisher:||Melville House Publishing|
|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
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