Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842

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Penguin, Oct 26, 2004 - History - 480 pages
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America?s first frontier was not the West; it was the sea?and no one writes more eloquently about that watery wilderness than Nathaniel Philbrick. In his bestselling In the Heart of the Sea Philbrick probed the nightmarish dangers of the vast Pacific. Now, in an epic sea adventure, he writes about one of the most ambitious voyages of discovery the Western world has ever seen?the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838? 1842. On a scale that dwarfed the journey of Lewis and Clark, six magnificent sailing vessels and a crew of hundreds set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean?and ended up naming the newly discovered continent of Antarctica, collecting what would become the basis of the Smithsonian Institution, and much more.
 

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More great beach reading from Nathaniel Philbrick. This time he tackles a now mostly forgotten expedition known as the United States Exploring Expedition (or US. Ex. Ex.) which took place between 1838 ... Read full review

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Philibrick sets out to raise the profile of the US Exploring Expedition, which surveyed the islands of the Pacific Ocean, the Columbia River and the largest stretch of Antarctic coastline at the time ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
xv
Part One
1
The Great South Sea
3
The Deplorable Expedition
17
Most Glorious Hopes
43
Part Two
61
At Sea
63
The Turning Point
87
Mauna Loa
233
The Wreck of the Peacock
259
Homeward Bound
287
Part Four
301
Reckoning
303
This Thing Called Science
331
Legacy
347
Epilogue
361

Commodore of the Pacific
117
Antarctica
149
A New Continent
169
Part Three
187
The Cannibal Isles
189
Massacre at Malolo
213
NOTES
365
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
415
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
437
INDEX
441
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About the author (2004)

Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "In the Heart of the Sea," which won the National Book Award, and "Sea of Glory," winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize.

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