Companions of Misfortune. Flinders and Friends at the Isle of France, 1803-1810 by Doctor Marina Carter. 170 pages. £4.99 plus shipping

Captain Matthew Flinders of the Royal Navy was one of the greatest cartographers of his time, and is credited with giving the continent and country of Australia its name. Yet it is not generally appreciated that he almost never completed his epic early nineteenth century voyage from Britain to Australia and back. Flinders was forced to endure years of exile before being able to return home and publish his most important works. In 1803, while returning to Britain after the journey of discovery to the continent that he would later name, Flinders was imprisoned on the the Isle of France.


‘The Last Slaves': £9.99 plus shipping. During the first half of the 19th century the British abolished first the slave trade and then slavery itself. Abolition brought Britain into conflict with other slave-exporting and slave-using nations. British naval vessels began to patrol areas where it was suspected Africans were being surreptitiously shipped into slavery. The slaves found on such captured ships were called ‘liberated Africans’ by the British.

Next Entries »