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The great South Sea : English voyages and encounters, 1570-1750

Author: Glyndwr Williams
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1997.
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From the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, English buccaneers, privateers, and naval expeditions sought fame and fortune in the distant reaches of the South Sea. This engrossing book investigates these maritime adventures and how they were described in popular accounts of the time-accounts that affected English consciousness and perceptions of the wider world and that influenced the planning and nature of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Glyndwr Williams
ISBN: 0300072449 9780300072440
OCLC Number: 37187373
Description: xv, 300 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: El Mar del Sur : the Spanish lake --
"The world encompassed" : Drake and his successors --
Geographical enigmas and literary utopias --
"They were not come out to go upon discovery" : buccaneers and interlopers in the South Sea --
"I speak as to the compass of my own knowledge" : Dampier's explorations and writings --
The "cruising voyages" of Dampier and Rogers --
"A gross, palpable illusion" : the founding of the South Sea Company --
The age of the bubble (1) : castaways and projectors --
The age of the bubble (2) : voyages real and fictitious --
"Our second Drake" : Anson's circumnavigation --
Widening horizons.
Responsibility: Glyndwr Williams.

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From the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, English buccaneers, privateers, and naval expeditions sought fame and fortune in the distant reaches of the South Sea. This engrossing book investigates these maritime adventures and how they were described in popular accounts of the time-accounts that affected English consciousness and perceptions of the wider world and that influenced the planning and nature of the later great voyages of James Cook and others. -- Book jacket.

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