Enlightenment and Exploration in the North Pacific, 1741-1805

Enlightenment and Exploration in the North Pacific, 1741-1805

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Saluting an era of adventure and knowledge seeking, fifteen original essays consider the motivations of European explorers of the Pacific, the science and technology of 18th-century exploration, and the significance of Spanish, French, and British voyages. Among the topics discussed are the quest by enlightenment scientists for new species of plant and animal life, and their fascination with Native cultures; advances in shipbuilding, navigation, medicine, and diet that made extended voyages possible; and the lasting significance of the explorersa€™ collections, artworks, and journals.Lopirouse 1786: A French Naval Visit to Alaska 55 Shortly after his arrival in Port des Franc.ais, Lapea#39;rouse ... It is more than doubtful that the chief was the owner of any land at all; the government of these people is so ... The potential for a French fur trade between America and China remained an essential objective of the voyage, and the first phase of this endeavor took place at Port des Franc.ais.

Title:Enlightenment and Exploration in the North Pacific, 1741-1805
Author: Stephen W. Haycox, James Barnett, Caedmon A. Liburd, Cook Inlet Historical Society, Anchorage Museum of History and Art
Publisher:University of Washington Press - 1997

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