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By David Igler

ISBN-10: 0190498757

ISBN-13: 9780190498757

ISBN-10: 0199914958

ISBN-13: 9780199914951

The Pacific of the early eighteenth century used to be no longer a unmarried ocean yet an unlimited and sundry waterscape, a spot of baffling complexity, with 25,000 islands and doubtless unending continental beaches. yet with the voyages of Captain James cook dinner, worldwide awareness became to the Pacific, and ecu and American desires of clinical exploration, exchange, and empire grew dramatically. by the point of the California gold rush, the Pacific's many seashores have been absolutely built-in into global markets-and international consciousness.

The nice Ocean attracts on hundreds of thousands of documented voyages--some painstakingly recorded via members, a few simply identified via archeological continues to be or indigenous memory--as a window into the economic, cultural, and ecological upheavals following Cook's exploits, focusing specifically at the jap Pacific within the many years among the 1770s and the 1840s. starting with the growth of exchange as noticeable through the travels of William Shaler, captain of the yankee Brig Lelia Byrd, historian David Igler uncovers an international the place voyagers, investors, hunters, and local peoples met each other in episodes frequently marked through violence and tragedy. Igler describes how indigenous groups struggled opposed to brought ailments that minimize throughout the middle in their groups; how the ordeal of Russian Timofei Tarakanov typified the typical perform of taking hostages and prisoners; how Mary Brewster witnessed first-hand the bloody "great hunt" that decimated otters, seals, and whales; how Adelbert von Chamisso scoured the zone, conscientiously compiling his notes on average historical past; and the way James Dwight Dana rivaled Charles Darwin in his pursuit of data on an international scale.

These stories--and the historic topics that tie them together--offer a clean viewpoint at the oceanic worlds of the japanese Pacific. formidable and extensively conceived, The nice Ocean is the 1st e-book to weave jointly American, oceanic, and international background in a path-breaking portrait of the Pacific world.

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