The Race to the White Continent: Voyages to the Antarctic

The Race to the White Continent: Voyages to the Antarctic

by Alan Gurney
     
 

A fascinating account of the early days of Antarctic exploration from an expert storyteller.
In the 1830s, the forbidding Antarctic region represented the ultimate mystery. The prospect of discovering a lucrative whaling ground made this uncharted and untapped region especially enticing. Three expeditions to the pole were launched simultaneously by the United

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A fascinating account of the early days of Antarctic exploration from an expert storyteller.
In the 1830s, the forbidding Antarctic region represented the ultimate mystery. The prospect of discovering a lucrative whaling ground made this uncharted and untapped region especially enticing. Three expeditions to the pole were launched simultaneously by the United States, France, and Britain, each vying to be the first to venture farther south than any vessel had ever sailed before. These expeditions paved the way for the explorers, traders, and whalers of what was to become known as the "Heroic Age" of Antarctic exploration. The Race to the White Continent is a captivating account of their adventures.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393323214
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
334
Sales rank:
1,458,249
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Prologue5
1The Background7
2Blubber Hunters and Traders12
3The Sea Surveyors--French35
4The Sea Surveyors--British57
5Terra Australis72
6Holes at the Poles93
7Infinite Confusion106
8Wilkes Takes Charge118
9Hurrah! for the Exploring Expedition129
10South Pacific Prelude148
11The Everlasting Expedition163
12Haunted by Cook183
13The Magnetic Crusade203
14To the Pillars of the Gateway221
15The Pilgrims of the Ocean241
16Perplexing Navigation256
17Antarctic Aftermath270
Epilogue281
Maps285
Bibliography297
Index305

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