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The First Fleet

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1: The first fleet The first fleet set sail abound for NSW on May 13 1787.There were 749 convicts and 550 other people witch include the marines navy sailors fleet had eleven ships including the Sirius and the supply which were warships in the fleet. The convicts ships were the Alexander, the Scarborough, the Charlotte and the Freindship. There were also three Storeships, the Fishbourn, the Goldengrove and the Borrowdale. Captain Arthur Phillip was the captain of the fleet. After three weeks of sailing they finally reached Teneriffe so the fleet stayed there for a week getting suppliesm like fresh food. The convicts fainted in Teneriffe because it was really hot. Next the they set sail for Rio de Janeiro. At last they reached Rio de Janeiro and again they bought food. They stayed there for a month and anchored and they bought plants seeds. After a month they set sail and a storm came and made the water rough. The convicts were sick and the fleeters were really, really scared their lives were nearly at end. The sea’s noise was violent and it was terrifying. A few days later the fleet were at NSW. Captain Arthur Phillip looked and his crew looked at the spot as this was the spot that James Cook said to build a colony. But it had no trees, the water was too shallow and the soil was sandy. So they decided to keep going and eight days later they reached Port Jackson and had a party. On January 26 1788 they hoisted the British flag on Australian soil and they built their first colony there and called it Sydney Cove.

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