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A Chronological History of the Discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean

A Chronological History of the Discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean

Volume 5. To the Year 1764

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Maritime Exploration

  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108024129


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About the Authors
  • Captain James Burney (1750–1821), the son of the musicologist Dr Charles Burney and brother of the novelist Fanny Burney, was a well-travelled sailor, best known for this monumental compilation of voyages of discovery in the Pacific Ocean. After joining the navy in 1764, he sailed on Cook's second voyage between 1772 and 1774, and was also present on the ill-fated third voyage. He retired from the navy in 1784 and turned to writing works on exploration. These volumes, published between 1803 and 1817, and regarded as the standard work on the subject for much of the nineteenth century, contain collected accounts of European voyages of discovery in the Pacific Ocean between 1492 and 1764. Burney provides summaries of Spanish, Dutch and English accounts, which include descriptions of voyages to China, Micronesia and Australia. Volume 5 covers voyages between 1724 and 1764, including Commodore George Aston's circumnavigation.

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108024129
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 297 x 210 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Carolinas, or New Philippine Islands
    2. Voyage of Lozier Bouvet, in 1738–9, to search for lands in the southern Atlantic Ocean
    3. Voyage round the world, by Commodore George Anson
    4. Wreck of the British frigate The Wager
    and the subsequent proceedings and adventures of Captain David Cheap, and his ship's company
    5. Missionary voyage to Patagonia. Voyage of the French ship Le Condé of St. Malo
    6. Voyage of the Spanish ship Leon, to Chili and Peru
    and her return to Europe
    7. Monsieur de Bougainville to the Malouines, or Falkland Islands
    8. Of islands marked in the charts of the Pacific Ocean, and in the tables of situations, concerning which no other notices are found
    9. Concluding chapter: being a revision or supplement
    Index to the complete work.

  • Author

    James Burney

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