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Madness, betrayal and the lash : the epic voyage of Captain George Vancouver

Author: Stephen R Bown
Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From 1792 to 1795, George Vancouver sailed the Pacific as the captain of his own expedition -- and as an agent of imperial ambition. To map a place is to control it, and Britain had its eyes on America's Pacific coast. And map it Vancouver did. His voyage was one of history's greatest feats of maritime daring, discovery, and diplomacy, and his marine survey of Hawaii and the Pacific coast was at its time the most  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: George Vancouver; George Vancouver; George Vancouver
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen R Bown
ISBN: 9781553653394 1553653394
OCLC Number: 213400243
Description: 254 p., [19] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
Contents: A hero returns --
With the Master Mariner --
The China trade --
In the Caribbean --
The Nootka Sound incident --
Discovery and Chatham --
The far side of the world --
The greatest marine survey of all time --
A meeting of minds --
An end and a beginning --
Hawaii, Alaska and illness --
Powerful enemies --
Sovereignty and fate.
Other Titles: Epic voyage of Captain George Vancouver
Responsibility: Stephen R. Bown.

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From 1792 to 1795, George Vancouver sailed the Pacific as the captain of his own expedition -- and as an agent of imperial ambition. To map a place is to control it, and Britain had its eyes on America's Pacific coast. And map it Vancouver did. His voyage was one of history's greatest feats of maritime daring, discovery, and diplomacy, and his marine survey of Hawaii and the Pacific coast was at its time the most comprehensive ever undertaken. But just two years after returning to Britain, the 40-year-old Vancouver, hounded by critics, shamed by public humiliation at the fists of an aristocratic sailor he had flogged, and blacklisted because of a perceived failure to follow the Admiralty's directives, died in poverty, nearly forgotten. In this riveting and perceptive biography, historian Stephen Bown delves into the events that destroyed Vancouver's reputation and restores his position as one of the greatest explorers of the Age of Discovery.

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Vindicated after 200 years

by PhillipTaylor (WorldCat user published 2009-03-07) Excellent Permalink

Little had been written about George Vancouver until Ernie Coleman's excellent and uncomplicated biography in...
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