The Island That Disappeared

The Lost History of the Mayflower’s Sister Ship and its Rival Puritan Colony

The Island that Disappeared tells, for the first time, the story of the passengers aboard the Mayflowers sister ship (the Seaflower), who in 1630 founded a rival puritan colony on an isolated Caribbean island called Providence — so small it doesn’t appear on most maps. Chaos ensued, and the great experiment failed. One hundred years later the disaster repeated itself.

Travelling to the island today, Tom Feiling finds a new mix of puritans and pirates that make Providence a symbol of how the Western world took shape.

TOM FEILING is a writer, journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker and the author of two highly acclaimed books, Cocaine Nation: How the White Trade Took Over The World, which was based on over 60 interviews with those involved in all aspects of the cocaine business, and Short Walks from Bogota: Journeys in the New Columbia, a travelogue exploring that country’s culture, history, and politics.

“Feiling expertly draws on his journalism and documentary filmmaking background to create an intricately woven narrative that captivates the reader… a highly informative, perception-altering, and richly entertaining story.” — Booklist

“A spirited narrative bursting with eccentric characters… A tumultuous history briskly told.” —Kirkus

“Feiling’s thoughtfulness and arrestingly good research are indisputable.” —Tablet

“It is hard to decide if Tom Feiling’s future lies as a QC or the new Paul Theroux.” —The Sunday Telegraph

“Feiling… uses the ever-evolving Providence as a lens for examining England’s transformation into a colonial empire…. Holds appeal for readers interested in both Caribbean history and an alternative view of New World settlement.” — Publishers Weekly