Voyages of Discovery: Captain Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific

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University of California Press, Jan 18, 1989 - History - 512 pages
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Voyages of Discovery is the story of the last great age of European sea exploration, when state-supported expeditions driven by both scientific and political motives set out to map the remaining unknown parts of the globe. Focusing on the voyages of the preeminent explorer, Captain James Cook, who commanded three round-the-world expeditions between 1768 and 1780, Lynne Withey illuminates the Pacific islanders' views of their "discoverers" as well.
 

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A history of 18th-century British exploration of the Pacific, concentrating on Cook's three voyages (1768-80). Withey covers some of the same ground as John C. Beaglehole's The Exploration of the ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
15
Pacific Exploration Before Cook
21
Old Ideas and New Strategies
41
Paradise Discovered
56
Preparations
75
Tahiti
93
Amateur Ethnographers
110
In Search of the Southern Continent
126
The Islands of Quiros
274
Mai
301
The Search for a Northwest Passage
321
The Friendly Islands
323
Mai Returns
342
To the Arctic
359
Kealakekua Bay
376
Cook the Hero
401

Homeward
147
Mr Bankss Voyage
169
Circumnavigating the Antarctic
197
To the Antarctic
199
Return to Tahiti
219
The Second Antarctic Summer
236
Island Hopping Across the Pacific
251
The Legacy of Cooks Voyages
413
Convicts Furs and Breadfruit
415
Vancouver in the Pacific
440
References
465
Index
501
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Lynne Withey has taught history at the University of Iowa, Boston University, and the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams.

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