Madness, Betrayal and the Lash: The Epic Voyage of Captain George Vancouver

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D & M Publishers, Dec 1, 2009 - History - 272 pages
From 1792 to 1795, George Vancouver sailed the Pacific as the captain of his own expedition — and as an agent of imperial ambition. To map a place is to control it, and Britain had its eyes on America's Pacific coast. And map it Vancouver did. His voyage was one of history’s greatest feats of maritime daring, discovery, and diplomacy, and his marine survey of Hawaii and the Pacific coast was at its time the most comprehensive ever undertaken. But just two years after returning to Britain, the 40-year-old Vancouver, hounded by critics, shamed by public humiliation at the fists of an aristocratic sailor he had flogged, and blacklisted because of a perceived failure to follow the Admiralty’s directives, died in poverty, nearly forgotten. In this riveting and perceptive biography, historian Stephen Bown delves into the events that destroyed Vancouver’s reputation and restores his position as one of the greatest explorers of the Age of Discovery.
 

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3.5 stars Captain George Vancouver served the British Royal Navy in the late 18th century. He initially did some exploring with Captain James Cook, and was later assigned to lead his own exploration ... Read full review

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Missed Opportunity In "Madness, Betrayal and the Lash" popular historian Stephen Bown recounts the biography of British explorer George Vancouver with specific attention to his voyages up and down the ... Read full review

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Stephen R. Bown is the author of Scurvy: How a Surgeon, a Mariner and a Gentleman Solved the Greatest Medical Mystery of the Age of Sail (2003), published in six territories, and A Most Damnable Invention: Dynamite, Nitrates and the Making of the Modern World (2005). He lives in Canmore, Alberta.

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