Voyages of Delusion: The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Voyages of Delusion: The Quest for the Northwest Passage

by Glyn Williams, Glyndwr Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300098669

ISBN-13: 9780300098662

Pub. Date: 02/15/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press

"The eighteenth century - the Age of Reason - was characterized by determined attempts by philosophers, scientists and political theorists to dispel myth, superstition and ignorance. But the Age of Reason also witnessed some of the most irrational and vainglorious attempts by sailors and speculators to find a navigable Northwest Passage that would lead through the icy…  See more details below

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"The eighteenth century - the Age of Reason - was characterized by determined attempts by philosophers, scientists and political theorists to dispel myth, superstition and ignorance. But the Age of Reason also witnessed some of the most irrational and vainglorious attempts by sailors and speculators to find a navigable Northwest Passage that would lead through the icy seas of the Arctic from Hudson Bay to the wealth of the Pacific Ocean." "It is a tale of credulity and duplicity, of hopes raised and dashed, of the misdirection of practical seamen by armchair geographers. Lured by the promise of fame and riches, men endured paralyzing cold, malnutrition and terrifying storms. Many lives and fortunes were lost in the quest for the elusive "maritime philosopher's stone."" In this gripping work of narrative history, Glyn Williams explores the adventures and mishaps of successive voyages, including one expedition that disappeared entirely in the Arctic ice. Vividly written and replete with fascinating characters, Voyages of Delusion is a riveting contribution to the history of North American exploration.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300098662
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps
Introduction
ITo Hudson Bay
1Dead Man's Island: The Doomed Voyage of James Knight3
2A Passage to California46
3The Controversial Voyage of Christopher Middleton72
4The Maritime Philosopher's Stone125
5The Disputatious Voyage of William Moor and Francis Smith152
6A Parliamentary Inquiry and its Aftermath189
7The Edge of a Frozen Sea215
IIThe Pacific Approach
8Maps, Hoaxes and Projects239
9The Puzzling Voyage of James Cook287
10Entering the Labyrinth335
11Last Hopes371
Conclusion407
App. IVoyages of the Imagination411
App. AThe Voyage of Juan de Fuca413
App. BThe Voyage of Batholomew de Fonte417
App. CThe Voyage of Lorenzo Ferrer Maldonado423
App. II: Sources431
Index455

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