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Background To Discovery: Pacific Exploration From Dampier To Cook

by Derek Howse

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Background to Discovery recounts the great voyages of discovery, from Dampier to Cook, that excited such fervent political and popular interest in eighteenth-century Europe. Perhaps this book's greatest strength lies in its remarkable synthesis of both the achievements of European maritime exploration and the political, economic, and scientific motives behind it. Writing essays on the literary and artistic response to the voyages as well, the contributors collectively provide a rich source for historians, geographers, and anyone interested in the history of voyage and travel.

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Derek Howse is former Head of Navigation and Astronomy at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England, and coeditor of A Buccaneer's Atlas: Basil Ringrose's South Sea Waggoner (California, 1989). In 1983-84 he served as Clark Library Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.



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