Thursday, July 14, 2016

Good Read

Andy | Thursday, July 14, 2016 | Best Blogger Tips
I just finished reading this book. From 1788 until 1868, Britain did send roughly 164,000 convicts to Australia. America’s dirty little secret? The same exact thing was happening there. In fact, experts estimate that 50,000 British prisoners were shipped off to colonial America. Britain had been shipping convicts to America for decades before they started sending them to Australia. In fact, it was precisely because of America’s fight for independence that the Brits had to start sending their criminals to Australia

12 comments:

  1. Must be an interesting book. The Brits are still strange people with their Brexit and desire to keep things like 100 years ago.

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  2. I just finished reading America's First Daughter from basically the same time period. Life wasn't all roses was it?

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  3. interesting history, you did not say wether you enjoyed it or not?? i am not a reader, i have a memory issue, part of the reason blogging is good for me. i enjoy the short stories in blogs and can remember what i have read. cool image!!!

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  4. I read The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes which is about the very same topic. It was incredible the minor offense one would make, such as stealing a loaf of bread because they were starving, that would get them a boat ticket to Australia.

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  5. Sounds fascinating. I suspect many US politicians are descendants of the prisoners.

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  6. Looks quite interesting, and will add it to my reading list for the summer. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  7. A part of history that I should learn more about.

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  8. I agree with Wayne. My first thought was "Maybe that's why we have so many nutcakes!"

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