An Account of Several Late Voyages and Discoveries to the South and North

An Account of Several Late Voyages and Discoveries to the South and North

by John Narborough


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Originally published in 1694, this record of recent voyages made by Sir John Narborough, Abel Tasman, John Wood and Friderich Martens includes Tasman's account of discovering Tasmania and New Zealand in 1642. Equally engaging, Narborough's journal records his voyage to the Straits of Magellan and his interest in the lands and peoples he encountered from 1669 to 1671. Here also are Wood's thoughts on his 1676 attempt to find a north-east passage to the East Indies, along with Martens' observations on Spitsbergen and whaling in northern waters in 1671. The extracts given here, translated where necessary, offer valuable insights into seventeenth-century navigation and exploration. A selection of illustrations, ranging from maps to depictions of exotic flora and fauna, accompany the text. A key reference for later navigators and for those interested in the history of maritime exploration, the book was also one of the oldest works in Darwin's library aboard the Beagle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108075305
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/26/2014
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Maritime Exploration Series
Pages: 486
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. A Journal Kept by Captain John Narbrough [during his] Voyage to the Streights of Magellan: A relation of a voyage made towards the South Terra Incognita, extracted from the journal of Captain Abel Jansen Tasman; A relation of a voyage for the discovery of a passage by the North-East, to Japan and China, anno domini 1676, by Captain John Wood; Journal on board the 'Prosperous', captain William Flawes commander, from Nova Zembla to England, 1676; My conceptions of the said voyage, with some observations; A brief description of the land; Part II. The Voyage into Spitzbergen and Greenland, 1671: 1. The passages of the whole voyage, together with some account of the weather; 2. The description of Spitzbergen; 3. The plants of Spitzbergen; 4. The animals of Spitzbergen; A supplement to Capt. Wood's and Marten's North-East voyages.

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