Barry Gough presents new historical evidence provided by the Admiralty Papers, an important source of information about nineteenth-century Northwest Coast Indian life. Drawing on these and other archival and governmental records, he chronicles encounters between the Royal Navy and the Indians over missions, piracies, Native slavery, liquor trafficking and crimes against persons and property, leading to the final cases of 'gunboat diplomacy' used against local Indians in the late 1880s.
Bougainville was also a witty and charming courtier, becoming one of Napoleon’s senators. A true Man of the Enlightenment, he was gifted in navigation, seamanship, soldiering, mathematics, longitude and latitude – many of the arts that made his age one of most productive and creative in modern history.
John Dunmore, a distinguished historian and an expert in French Pacific exploration, brings the man and his era to life in this vivid and elegantly written biography – the first such life of Bougainville to appear for 25 years.
This major new biography looks at La Perouse the man, his family background and early career, his years in the Indian Ocean, his part in the American War of Independence, and the sad romantic story of his marriage. It then follows him and his companions on his great voyage.
Award-winning historian Lionel Casson paints a vivid portrait of the people of ancient Egypt - from peasants and pharaohs to soldiers and scribes and artists and priests - and what life was like beyond the splendors and treasures that remain with us today.
Originally published in 1971.
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