Historical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of the Pacific Islands

Historical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of the Pacific Islands

by Max Quanchi, John Robson
     
 

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The South Seas, as this region used to be called, conjured up images of adventure, belles and savages, romance and fabulous fortunes, but the long voyages of discovery and exploration of the vast Pacific Ocean were really an exercise in amazing logistics, navigation, hard grit, shipwreck and pure luck. The motivations were scientific and geographic, but at the same

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The South Seas, as this region used to be called, conjured up images of adventure, belles and savages, romance and fabulous fortunes, but the long voyages of discovery and exploration of the vast Pacific Ocean were really an exercise in amazing logistics, navigation, hard grit, shipwreck and pure luck. The motivations were scientific and geographic, but at the same time nationalistic and materialistic. A series on global exploration and discovery would not be complete without this book by Quanchi and Robson. It is ambitious and informative and includes the familiar names of Laperouse, Bougainville, Cook and Dampier, as well as the intriguing stories of the Bounty Mutiny, scurvy, and the mysterious Northwest Passage, Terra Australis Ignotia and Davis Land. There are entries on first contacts, ships, navigational instruments, mapping, and botany. The scene is carefully set in the introduction, the chronology spans several centuries, and the extensive bibliography offers a guide to further reading. There are more than just dry facts in this book. It has a whiff of salt air, the clash of empires, cross-cultural beach encounters and personal adventure.

Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
This is the second book in the series Historical Dictionaries of Discovery and Exploration, and measures up to the high standard of the first volume...This is a valuable, extremely interesting work of scholarship.
Reference Reviews
...a truly serviceable reference guide to the most essential components of the formidable legacy of Pacific 'discoverers' and explorers. Essential for all academic libraries and their students and for readers with a taste for tales of unknown regions.
Journal Of Pacific History
...a detailed and complex compendium of information....a valuable addition to the library of anyone working on the Pacific and its varied problems.
American Reference Books Annual
This is the second book in the series Historical Dictionaries of Discovery and Exploration, and measures up to the high standard of the first volume...This is a valuable, extremely interesting work of scholarship.
Reference and Research Book News
Quanchi (Pacific history, Queensland U. of Technology, Australia) and Robson (map librarian, U. of Waikato, New Zealand) offer a dictionary of people, places, periods, and subjects relating to the Pacific Islands, as well as contemporary topics such as El Niño and marine archaeology. Descriptions of exploration, activities, advances, events, and inventions include James Cook, the Seven Years War, mythology and indigenous exploration, ships, and mapping. Maps, chronologies, and a list of Pacific Islands and their initial European visitors are incorporated. One third of the book is taken over by an extensive bibliography by topic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810853959
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Discovery and Exploration Series , #2
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.76(h) x 1.03(d)

Meet the Author

Max Quanchi teaches Pacific History at Queensland University of Technology and has written extensively on the history of the Pacific Islands. John Robson is the Map Librarian at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, president of the New Zealand Map Society, and New Zealand representative for the Hakluyt Society.

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