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The A to Z of the Discovery and Exploration of the Pacific Islands

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Publisher Comments:

The South Seas, as this region used to be called, conjured up images of adventure, belles and savages, romance and fabulous fortunes, but the long voyages of discovery and exploration of the vast Pacific Ocean were really an exercise in amazing logistics, navigation, hard grit, shipwreck and pure luck. The motivations were scientific and geographic, but at the same time nationalistic and materialistic. A series on global exploration and discovery would not be complete without this book by Quanchi and Robson. It is ambitious and informative and includes the familiar names of Laperouse, Bougainville, Cook, and Dampier, as well as the intriguing stories of the Bounty Mutiny, scurvy, and the mysterious Northwest Passage, Terra Australis Ignotia, and Davis Land. There are entries on first contacts, ships, navigational instruments, mapping, and botany. The scene is carefully set in the introduction, the chronology spans several centuries, and the extensive bibliography offers a guide to further reading. There are more than just dry facts in this book. It has a whiff of salt air, the clash of empires, cross-cultural beach encounters, and personal adventure.

Book News Annotation:

Quanchi (Pacific history, Queensland U. of Technology) and Robson (map librarian, Captain James Cook specialist) provide an encyclopedic reference on the Pacific Islands. Entries cover the frequently hazardous and miraculous discovery and exploration of the islands of the South Pacific, first contacts, ships, navigation instruments, mapping, botany, and the motivations, adventures, and hardships of early explorers such as Cook, Dampier, and others. The book includes a chronology and an extensive bibliography. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The long voyages of discovery and exploration of the vast Pacific Ocean were an exercise in logistics, navigation, hard grit, shipwreck and pure luck. The motivations were scientific and geographic, but at the same time nationalistic and materialistic. This ambitious and informative reference includes the familiar names of Laperouse, Bougainville, Cook and Dampier, as well as the intriguing stories of the Bounty Mutiny, scurvy, and the mysterious Northwest Passage, Terra Australis Ignotia and Davis Land. There are cross-referenced entries on first contacts, ships, navigational instruments, mapping, and botany. The scene is carefully set in the introduction, the chronology spans several centuries, and the extensive bibliography offers a guide to further reading.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810868304
Author:
Quanchi, Max
Publisher:
Scarecrow Press
Author:
Robson, John
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
Oceania
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Scarecrow Press
Series:
A to Z Guides
Series Volume:
47
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
299
Dimensions:
8.40x5.40x.90 in. 1.10 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The long voyages of discovery and exploration of the vast Pacific Ocean were an exercise in logistics, navigation, hard grit, shipwreck and pure luck. The motivations were scientific and geographic, but at the same time nationalistic and materialistic. This ambitious and informative reference includes the familiar names of Laperouse, Bougainville, Cook and Dampier, as well as the intriguing stories of the Bounty Mutiny, scurvy, and the mysterious Northwest Passage, Terra Australis Ignotia and Davis Land. There are cross-referenced entries on first contacts, ships, navigational instruments, mapping, and botany. The scene is carefully set in the introduction, the chronology spans several centuries, and the extensive bibliography offers a guide to further reading.
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