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The race to claim

Margaret Cameron-Ash’s groundbreaking book rewrites the history of the founding of modern Australia, telling how the French had a jump start in the race for a Pacific empire, but English officials then launched their own pursuit around the globe.

The contestants finally met in Botany Bay, with the French just five days too late. Behind the scenes, American explorers, spies and a future US President made contributions that assisted the winners and prevented the continent becoming a French possession.

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