BEYOND THE CAPES: Pacific Exploration from Captain Cook to the Challenger by Ernest Dodge

BEYOND THE CAPES: Pacific Exploration from Captain Cook to the Challenger

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A matter-of-fact and thoroughgoing round-up of the major Pacific voyages of discovery, primarily after Cook and through the mid-19th century. Dodge considers Cook, ""who never missed an opportunity to chart a reef or island,"" an explorer and surveyor ""of first magnitude,"" whose major discoveries stimulated and framed the reference for sorties to come. After his expeditions the major powers, usually at loggerheads -- French, Spanish, English, Dutch, Russian, American -- turned to political military, commercial, missionary and scientific interests. The author traces highlights of pioneering journeys to the many islands of the South Pacific. Australia, the seaboards of the American continents, etc. Although he faithfully reports the activities of better-known personalities (Bligh, Vancouver, the crew of the Beagle) there are many unheralded voyages outlined here, all of which contributed new geographical, ethnological and biographical data. The author supplies a bibliography, with chapter-by-chapter source notes; a chronological chart of the over one hundred mariners and scientists discussed; and there is a delightful selection of contemporary drawings and maps. But no index. Nevertheless this is a reliable log of accomplishment to complement sea and history studies.

Pub Date: June 22nd, 1971
Publisher: Little, Brown