The 1856 Guano Islands Act encouraged Americans to search for and claim deserted islands containing large amounts of guano (bird poop) which is used to make fertilizer and gunpowder.
Imagine saying goodbye to all your family and the only home you've ever known, sailing on the untamed seas of the Atlantic around Cape Horn to the Pacific, and landing at an uncivilized nation on the most isolated land...
A concise history of convict transportation from Great Britain to Australia. this is the first installment of a series 'The Convicts'.
Now, we explore the weird and wonderful wildlife that inhabited the two largest islands discovered by the Polynesians- Madagascar and New Zealand.
The Polynesians were an extraordinary people that explored the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, long before the birth of Captain Cook. They set out without any compasses or metal tools whatsoever. They were undoubtedly...
The handling of Tasmanian Aboriginals has been some of the most cruel and unnecessary in the history of Colonization. They were declared extinct by the colonial government and those living today are unrecognized and...
Continuing the story of convict settlement in Australia, including explaining the convict system, forms of punishment, and the Rum Rebellion.
Many islands with different cultures thrive between Asia and North America and we may never visit all their peoples. However, the Tao People of the South Pacific are very interesting and friendly.
It's not the photos in this album that grabbed my attention, but the illustrations that were done long ago of many Australian towns, buildings and monuments. How so many have changed!
William Hooper and Ladd & Co. set out to make history in the Hawaiian Islands in the 1830s by setting up the first commercial sugar plantation.