The A to Z of the Discovery and Exploration of Australia

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Scarecrow Press, Jun 19, 2009 - History - 370 pages
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This engaging reference examines the history of, the search for, and the discovery of Australia, taking full account of the evidence for and the speculation surrounding possible earlier contacts by the Ancient Egyptians, Arabs, and Chinese seamen. Day brings the expeditions to life, expressing the desires that drove great sea captains deeper into turbulent waters searching for caches of spice, silks, and precious metals. Covers a wide variety of topics, including _ Seamen from eight nations _ The recovery of storm wrecked ships _ Diplomatic treaties _ Priority of discovery disputes _ Military and civil explorers and surveyors _ Topographical features _ Geographical terms and places _ Rivers and river system

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Alan Day, a qualified librarian for 45 years, retired in 1990 as the head of the Department of Library and Information Studies in Manchester Polytechnic. Dr. Day is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. He has contributed numerous articles and essay to a wide variety of academic and professional journals, and he is the author of J.B. Priestly: An Annotated Bibliography (1979) and A Supplement (2001); three volumes on the British Library (1988, 1994, and 1998); three titles in the world Bilbliographical Series, England (1993), Falkland Islands (1996), and St. Helena (1997); and Historical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of Australia (2003).

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