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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
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Maritime Exploration

  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108024136

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  • 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.

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108024136
    • dimensions: 297 x 211 x 124 mm
    • weight: 5.79kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 29 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    part of the Continent
    10. Continuation of the discoveries to the North of Mexico. Expeditions of Hernando de Alarcon, and of Franciso Vasquez de Cornado
    11. Schemes for maritime expeditions, formed by Pedro de Alvarado. They are frustrated by his death. Voyage of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, to the north of California. Establishment of the Spaniards in Chili. The coast of Japan seen for the first time by Europeans
    12. Voyage of Ruy Lopez de Villalobos
    13. Events connected with maritime expeditions in the South Sea, to the year 1558. Ships sent to examine the American coast to the south from Valdivia. Juan Ladrilleros to the Strait of Magalhanes
    14. Expedition of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, from New Spain to the Philippine Islands
    15. Of the islands discovered near the continent of America in the Pacific Ocean
    16. Discovery of the Salomon Islands, by Alvaro de Mendana
    17. Progress of the Spaniards in the Philippine Islands. The islands San Felix and San Ambor discovered. Enterprise of John Oxnam, an Englishman, in the South Sea
    18. Reports concerning the discovery of a southern continent
    19. Voyage of Francis Drake round the world
    20. Some account of the charts to this volume, with miscellaneous observations on the geography of the 16th century. Evidence in favour of the probability that the country, since named New Holland, was discovered by Europeans within that period
    Appendix. Volume 2
    Part I
    Part II.

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    James Burney

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