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Pioneers of the Pacific: Voyages of Exploration, 1787–1810
by Nigel Rigby & Pieter van der Merwe

Pioneers of the Pacific: Voyages of Exploration, 1787–1810 
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  This attractive volume, full of color photographs and historic black and white illustrations, examines the rich history of exploration in the South Pacific. Taking the last voyages of Captain Cook as their point of departure, authors Rigby and van der Merwe follow the fortunes of British, French, and Spanish navigators as they promoted European colonial interests from Australia to the Philippines and Samoa to Alaska.

The personal stories of explorers, such as the young naturalist Sir Joseph Banks, are juxtaposed with the international conflicts among emerging colonial powers. The stories of French navigator Lapérouse, the Spaniard Malaspina, and cartographer Matthew Flinders, who circumnavigated Australia, all appear on these pages. From encounters with indigenous peoples to the challenges of wind and weather, Pioneers of the Pacific conveys a sense of the anticipation and excitement experienced by the first Europeans in this pivotal region of the world. This intriguing and accessible book, written for a general audience, will be enjoyed by history enthusiasts and casual readers alike.

Nigel Rigby is head of research at the National Maritime Museum, London.

Pieter van der Merwe is the National Maritime Museum's general editor.

Glyn Williams is emeritus professor of history, University of London.

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Weight:0.67 kg
Price: CDN$ 29.95 (US$ 29.14)
Author:Nigel Rigby & Pieter van der Merwe
Publisher:University of Alaska Press
Publication Date:10/2005
Pages:144 pp
Size/Dimensions:7 1/2 x 9 3/4


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