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An 18th Century Voyage of Discovery


This is a voyage of discovery. If you take it you may find out some surprising facts.

As you take the voyage you may wish to read the pages on Woodes Rogers, 'Robinson Crusoe', the Slave Trade, the Goldney family and Ironbridge.

Reading these pages will help you discover the connections between the topics.

After completing the voyage, you may have many questions which need answers. The Questions and Evidence section will look at evidence to help you answer your questions and may lead you to further investigation.


18th Century world map showing the start point of the voyage at Bristol

Two ships, the Duke and Dutchess, set out from Bristol on a privateering voyage

Read about the voyage of Woodes Rogers

18th Century world map showing the route of the voyage as far as the island of Juan Fernandez of the west coast of South America

On the voyage they find a sailor, Alexander Selkirk, who has been marooned on an island for four years and four months

Read the story of Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for "Robinson Crusoe"

18th Century world map showing the route of the voyage as far as California

On the voyage the crew plunder Spanish ships some of which are carrying 'negro' slaves

Read about the link between the Duke and Dutchess's voyages and slavery

18th Century world map showing the route of the completed voyage circumnavigating the globe

The ships return to England making the shareholders of the voyage very rich

Read about Thomas Goldney and Goldney Hall

Map of Great Britain showing Bristol and Coalbrookedale, Shropshire

The money is used to expand the owners estates and to fund the expansion of the iron works at Coalbrookdale, Shropshire

Read about the Iron Bridge


Now read 'Questions and Evidence' to look at evidence to help you answer your questions and which may lead you to further investigation.


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