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The Island that Disappeared: The Lost History of the Mayflower’s Sister Ship and its Rival Puritan Colony


Few people today know the story of the passengers aboard the Seaflower, who in 1630 founded a rival puritan colony on an isolated Caribbean island called Providence. They were convinced that England’s empire would rise not in barren New England, but rather in tropical Central America.  However, Providence became a colony in constant crisis: crops failed, slaves revolted . . . and then there were the pirates. And, as Tom Feiling discovers in this surprising history, the same drama was played out by the men and women who re-settled the island one hundred years later. 

By Tom Feiling. Published by Melville House, 2018. 416 pages, hardcover.