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Author Bown, Stephen R., author.

Title Island of the blue foxes : disaster and triumph on the world's greatest scientific expedition / Stephen R. Brown.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Da Capo Press, 2017.
©2017

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 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  910.916 BOWN    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  910.9164 BOWN    Check Shelf
 Simsbury Public Library - Non Fiction  910.9164 BOWN    Check Shelf
 Southington Library - Adult  910.9164 BOW    DUE 09-01-22
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  910.9164 BOWN    Check Shelf
 Wethersfield Public Library - Non Fiction  910.9164 BOWN    Check Shelf
Description xi, 327 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Note "A Merloyd Lawrence book."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [275]-305) and index.
Contents The edge of the world -- Part one. Europe -- The great embassy -- The first Kamchatka expedition -- The best-laid plans -- Part two. Asia -- St. Petersburg to Siberia -- Quarreling factions -- Phantom islands -- Part three. America -- Bolshaya Zemlya, the great land -- Curious encounters -- The scourge of the sea -- Part four. Nowhere -- Island of the blue foxes -- Death and playing cards -- A new St. Peter -- Russian America.
Summary Describes the treacherous, tragic and ultimately successful 10-year, 18th-century scientific expedition from St. Petersburg across Siberia to the coast of North America that included scientists, artists, mariners, soldiers, and laborers and that ultimately discovered Alaska and opened the Pacific fur trade.
"The immense eighteenth-century scientific journey, variously known as the Second Kamchatka Expedition or the Great Northern Expedition, from St. Petersburg across Siberia to the coast of North America, involved over 3,000 people and cost Peter the Great over one-sixth of his empire's annual revenue. Led by the legendary Danish captain Vitus Bering, the ten-year voyage, which included scientists, artists, mariners, soldiers, and laborers, discovered Alaska, opened the Pacific fur trade, and, thanks to the brilliant naturalist Georg Steller, discovered dozens of New World plants and animals. The story of the expedition is a tale not only of adventure and historic achievement, but also of shipwreck, endurance, and "one of the most tragic and ghastly trials of suffering in the annals of maritime and arctic history.""--Dust jacket.
Subject Kamchatskai︠a︡ ėkspedit︠s︡ii︠a︡ (2nd : 1733-1744)
Kamchatskai︠a︡ ėkspedit︠s︡ii︠a︡ (OCoLC)fst01405271
Scientific expeditions -- History -- 18th century.
Discoveries in geography.
Arctic regions -- Discovery and exploration -- Russian.
Alaska -- Discovery and exploration -- Russian.
Northwest Coast of North America -- Discovery and exploration -- Russian.
Discoveries in geography. (OCoLC)fst00894950
Discovery and exploration, Russian. (OCoLC)fst01352789
Scientific expeditions. (OCoLC)fst01108847
Arctic Regions. (OCoLC)fst01240227
HISTORY / Expeditions & Discoveries.
HISTORY / Russia & the Former Soviet Union.
NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Polar Regions.
Discoveries in geography. (OCoLC)fst00894950
Discovery and exploration, Russian. (OCoLC)fst01352789
Scientific expeditions. (OCoLC)fst01108847
Alaska. (OCoLC)fst01204480
Arctic Regions. (OCoLC)fst01240227
North America -- Northwest Coast of North America. (OCoLC)fst01242545
Chronological Term 1700-1799
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780306825194
0306825198
1771621613
9781771621618
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