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ARTHUR PHILLIP – SOLDIER SPY – & EVAN NEPEAN – HANDLER – A MILITARY CAMPAIGN HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

‘His [Phillip’s ] failure to invite the French commander [La Perouse] there [Sydney Cove] reflect some fear that he might be known as a spy.’ Alan Frost, Arthur Phillip 1783-1814 His Voyaging, 

Until quite recently it was generally held Arthur Phillip was ‘plucked from obscurity’ to command the ‘First Fleet’. But like ‘amity and kindness’, Australia’s foundation myth – benign colonisation – nothing could be further from the truth.

Brazil would prove to be the key to the success of the ‘First Fleet’ voyage and Phillip was very familiar with Brazil. A decade earlier he served there seconded to the Portuguese Navy. Fluent in Portuguese, the good relations he built during his four (4) years in Rio de Janerio, did much to ensure success.

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