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Author Philbrick, Nathaniel, author.

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

Publication Info. New York : Penguin Books, 2004.


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 Colchester, Cragin Memorial Library - Adult Department  910.973 PHI c.3  Check Shelf
 Colchester, Cragin Memorial Library - Basement Materials  910.973 PHI    Check Shelf
 Colchester, Cragin Memorial Library - Basement Materials  910.973 PHI c.2  Check Shelf
Description xxv, 452 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Note Originally published in the U.S.: New York : Viking Penguin, 2003.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 415-436) and index.
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.
Summary "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.
Subject United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842)
Ethnological expeditions -- History -- 19th century.
Ethnology -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Ethnology -- Oceania -- History -- 19th century.
Wilkes, Charles, 1798-1877.
Wilkes, Charles, 1798-1877. (OCoLC)fst00005459
United States Exploring Expedition. (OCoLC)fst01405221
Ethnological expeditions. (OCoLC)fst00916093
Ethnology. (OCoLC)fst00916106
Oceania. (OCoLC)fst01242982
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 0142004839 (paperback)
9780142004838 (paperback)
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