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Captain Cook and the Pacific: Art, Exploration and Empire
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John McAleer Nigel Rigby
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Captain Cook and the Pacific: Art, Exploration and Empire

John McAleer Nigel Rigby


Yale University

British & Irish history;
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900;
Historical geography;
Geographical discovery & exploration


256 pages

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British Royal Navy Captain James Cook's voyages of exploration across and around the Pacific Ocean were a marvel of maritime achievement, and provided the first accurate map of the Pacific.

The expeditions answered key scientific, economic, and geographic questions, and inspired some of the most influential images of the Pacific made by Europeans.

Now readers can immerse themselves in the adventure through the collections of London's National Maritime Museum, which illuminate every aspect of the voyages: oil paintings of lush landscapes, scientific and navigational instruments, ship plans, globes, charts and maps, rare books and manuscripts, coins and medals, ethnographic material, and personal effects. Each artifact holds a story that sheds light on Captain Cook, the crews he commanded, and the effort's impact on world history.

Showcasing one of the richest resources of Cook-related material in the world, this publication invites readers to engage with the extraordinary voyages - manifested in material culture - and their continuing significance today.

By:   John McAleer, Nigel Rigby
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 191mm, 
Weight:   1.043kg
ISBN:   9780300207248
ISBN 10:   0300207247
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   September 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

John McAleer is a lecturer in history at the University of Southampton, and former curator of imperial and maritime history at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Nigel Rigby is curator of exploration at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

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