Fun facts about the first fleet
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The First Fleet Facts present the interesting information about the eleven ships which reached Australia to establish a penal colony. On May 13th, the fleet left Great Britain. The ships were very important in the history of Australia for it tried to establish the first settlement in the country. Get other interesting facts about the first fleet below:. There were several components taken by the first fleet. Those were 6 convict transports, 3 store ships and 2 royal navy vessels.
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A timeline of the journey of the First Fleet which brought the first white settlers to Australia in, for kids aged K
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It was the beginning of a plan to transport thousands of prisoners to Australia to make convict settlements. The fleet was led by Captain Arthur Phillip. This journey lasted eight months, and used a route across the oceans that had only been used three times; once by Abel Tasman and twice by James Cook. The s were a period of great change in Europe , and especially in England. There was an industrial revolution. This was a time when many machines were being invented for use in large factories. With machines now doing the ordinary tasks of men, people were left without jobs and wages.
It was a convict settlement, the start of a plan to transport thousands of prisoners to Australia. The fleet was led by Captain later Admiral Arthur Phillip. This journey lasted eight months, and used a route across the oceans that had only been used three times; once by Abel Tasman and twice by James Cook. There were two navy ships, six convict transports and three storeships. The private ships were on contract to the British Government.