North America

In square-rigged, wooden-hulled ships, without engines or modern steel plate, an early nineteenth-century navigator set out to solve the problem of the North-West Passage. Captain Parry failed to reach the Pacific; W. Gillies Ross describes how his courageous attempt remain “one of the best-planned and most skilfully executed northern explorations” of the age in which he lived.

To encourage Britain’s Indian allies on the frontier between New England and French Canada, writes John G. Garratt, four Indian chieftains were invited to London during the reign of Queen Anne.

John M. Coleman draws a distinction betweent the Thirteen Colonies and the rest of North America.

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, writes Louis C. Kleber, the British came to America largely as settlers; the French as explorers and fortune-seekers.

Across the Pacific, writes C.M. Yonge, from northern Japan to the Californian coastline, the relentless hunt for the sea-otter’s precious fur had international consequences.

Louis C. Kleber describes how, for the American Indians, ‘medicine’ was a spiritual belief as well as a curative.

Stephen Clissold describes one of the strangest episodes in the Spanish conquest of the New World was the quest for the mythical Seven Cities, first believed to stand on a mysterious island far out in the Atlantic Ocean, afterwards magically transported to the depths of America.

George Woodcock describes the industry, expeditions, and characters that opened the American North West to European development.

The Spanish explorer landed in the New World on April 3rd, 1513.

Hugh Latimer unearths the role of the rubber plant in the story of empire and Malayan nation-building.