The First Fleet


Includes lots of interesting facts: why the British government wanted to start a settlement in remote, unknown Australia, what the ships looked like, who was on them, that there were 32 children on board the First Fleet, the people in charge left all the ammunition for the marines’ muskets and some of the clothes for the convict women behind, they took 747,000 nails but only six butchers’ knives for nearly 1300 people, what they did in the very first days, how they got on with the Iora people, the Aboriginal owners, why the people in the colony nearly starved in those first four years. Lots of text and practical detail in the drawings. Non fiction

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