How Australia Became British

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The discovery of the Eastern Passage to China in the mid-18th century, which meant that ships no longer had to wait for the monsoon winds, sparked fierce competition for trade between the warring nations of Britain and France. This revealing study explains how the need to safeguard its sea-lanes to China and India drove Britain to explore the great Australian landmass - glimpsed by the Dutchman Abel Tasman in the previous century - and erect a 'ring fence' around it.

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How Australia Became British

How Australia Became British

Empire and the China Trade

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9781445664989     Product Code: 224887

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The discovery of the Eastern Passage to China in the mid-18th century, which meant that ships no longer had to wait for the monsoon winds, sparked fierce competition for trade between the warring nations of Britain and France. This revealing study explains how the need to safeguard its sea-lanes to China and India drove Britain to explore the great Australian landmass - glimpsed by the Dutchman Abel Tasman in the previous century - and erect a 'ring fence' around it.

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