The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: Captain Cook in the South Seas

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Allen Lane/Penguin, Jan 1, 2003 - Explorers - 506 pages
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The Trial of the Cannibal Dog is a spectacular re-creation of three of the greatest and most startling of all human journeys. The Pacific voyages of James Cook explored the ice-bound fringes of the Arctic and Antarctic, sailed across perilous tropical seas, survived hurricanes and volcanic eruptions, discovered unknown lands and peoples and made their Captain an icon of imperial history. Yet, as Anne Salmond shows, the story of these epic South Sea journeys is far more than one of conquest and control. She has devoted a lifetime to the study of relations between Europeans and Polynesians, and this startling, rich, stylish book is the result. In Salmond's account, Cook's great voyages regain their dreamlike quality as they encounter the last major human communities untouched by wider worlds. Far from being little wooden islands of Englishness in a Polynesian sea, his ships and the men in them are as much changed by what happens as the islanders they meet.

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Review: The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: The Remarkable Story of Captain Cook's Encounters in the South Seas

User Review  - Lyn - Goodreads

Fascinating account of Cook's voyages to the Pacific and his meeting with various Pacific people. What is great about this book is that it seems to be drawn from the records and diaries kept during ... Read full review

Review: The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: The Remarkable Story of Captain Cook's Encounters in the South Seas

User Review  - MickaHinanui Cauchois - Goodreads

An amazing review of James Cook's voyages in the Pacific, especially throughout the Polynesian triangle. Salmond describes brilliantly the forces at work during the Contact era and how Polynesians and ... Read full review

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How Englishmen Came to Eat Dogs i
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The Wooden World of the Endeavour
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The Dolphins visit to Tahiti in 1767 The Society Islands in the decades
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