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Author Philbrick, Nathaniel.

Title Sea of glory : America's voyage of discovery : the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 / Nathaniel Philbrick
Published New York : Viking, 2003


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Description xxv, 452 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents Preface: Young Ambition -- Ch. 1. The Great South Sea -- Ch. 2. The Deplorable Expedition -- Ch. 3. Most Glorious Hopes -- Ch. 4. At Sea -- Ch. 5. The Turning Point -- Ch. 6. Commodore of the Pacific -- Ch. 7. Antarctica -- Ch. 8. A New Continent -- Ch. 9. The Cannibal Isles -- Ch. 10. Massacre at Malolo -- Ch. 11. Mauna Loa -- Ch. 12. The Wreck of the Peacock -- Ch. 13. Homeward Bound -- Ch. 14. Reckoning -- Ch. 15. This Thing Called Science -- Ch. 16. 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."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 415-436) and index
Subject Wilkes, Charles, 1798-1877.
United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842)
Ethnological expeditions -- History -- 19th century.
Ethnology -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Ethnology -- Oceania -- History -- 19th century.
LC no. 2003050178
ISBN 067003231X acid-free paper
Other Titles Sea of glory : America's voyage of discovery : the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
America's voyage of discovery : the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842