Historical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of the Pacific Islands

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Scarecrow Press, Oct 18, 2005 - History - 338 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Editors Foreword
vii
Preface
ix
List of Maps
xi
Pacific Islands and Their First European Visitors
xiii
Chronologies
xxvii
Maps
xlvii
Introduction
lix
The Dictionary
1
Preface
ix
List of Maps
xi
Pacific Islands and Their First European Visitors
xiii
Chronologies
xxvii
Maps
xlvii
Introduction
lix
The Dictionary
1
Bibliography
183

Bibliography
183
Appendix Associations Libraries and Societies
295
About the Authors
299
Editors Foreword
vii
Appendix Associations Libraries and Societies
295
About the Authors
299
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About the author (2005)

Max Quanchi teaches Pacific History at Queensland University of Technology and has written extensively on the history of the Pacific Islands. John Robson is the Map Librarian at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, president of the New Zealand Map Society, and New Zealand representative for the Hakluyt Society.

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