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Sea of glory : America's voyage of discovery : the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842

Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2004.
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"The U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842 was one of the most ambitious undertakings of the nineteenth century and one of the largest voyages of discovery the Western world had ever seen - six magnificent sailing vessels and a crew of hundreds that included botanists, geologists, mapmakers, and biologists, all under the command of the young, brash Lieutenant Charles Wilkes. Their goal was to cover the Pacific  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Charles Wilkes; Charles Wilkes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nathaniel Philbrick
ISBN: 0142004839 9780142004838
OCLC Number: 56995106
Notes: Originally published in the U.S.: New York : Viking Penguin, 2003.
Description: xxv, 452 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: Preface: young ambition --
Part one. The great South sea - The deplorable expedition - Most glorious hopes --
Part two. At sea - The turning point - Commodore of the Pacific - Antarctica - A new continent --
Part three. The cannibal isles - Massacre at Malolo - Mauna loa - The wreck of the Peacock - Homeward bound --
Part four. Reckoning - This thing called science - Legacy --
Epilogue --
Notes --
Selected bibliography --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: Nathaniel Philbrick.

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"The U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842 was one of the most ambitious undertakings of the nineteenth century and one of the largest voyages of discovery the Western world had ever seen - six magnificent sailing vessels and a crew of hundreds that included botanists, geologists, mapmakers, and biologists, all under the command of the young, brash Lieutenant Charles Wilkes. Their goal was to cover the Pacific Ocean, top to bottom, and to plant the American flag around the world. Four years after embarking, they returned to the United States having accomplished this and much more. They discovered a new southern continent, which Wilkes would name Antarctica. They were the first Americans to survey the treacherous Columbia River, the first to chart dozens of newly discovered islands all across the Pacific. They explored volcanoes in Hawaii, confirmed Charles Darwin's theory of the formation of coral atoll, and collected thousands of specimens that eventually became the foundation of the Smithsonian's scientific collections."--Jacket.

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