These pages are designed to be a "closed set", which means links on these pages take you to other pages in the same web. That's a good thing if you're worried about getting lost. Whenever you think you might be lost, click the Home link on the top of any page, and from there, click the Table of Contents.
You may notice that once you follow a link it changes color. That will help you know when you've already seen a page, so you will know no to click it again.
The "Back" button is your friend. It appears on your browser near the top of the screen. If you follow a link, and then change your mind, then just Back up and try again.
Most browsers are set up to show you where a link will go before you click it. Just "mouse-over" the link, and the address of the web site will appear somewhere on your screen. Be observant, and you'll probably see it. If not, click your browser's "View" link at the very top of the screen, and experiment with different settings.
Person, place, and event names that are underlined are links that describe these things. If you follow one, and there is no description, then be patient -- it means this is a work in progress, and it just hasn't progressed that far. As a reader of a web-based document, please understand that explanations of words can be on many levels, and the author has no way of warning you how he intends to describe the word in advance. For example, when the word "Colony" appears as a link, following it might give you a dictionary definition of the word Colony, or it might further describe the colony in question, or it might go off on some other tangent relating to colonies. Your best bet is to mouse-over it, see if the address is helpful (the addresses in this web site are very long names designed to tip you off as much as possible before you click) and if not, go there and then come on Back if it's not the direction you wanted to go.
The Preface has a section at the end that describes all the changes I made to the original text to fit the web.
Now click the browser's "Back" button, or "Home" to reorient yourself. Good luck.