The long voyages of discovery and exploration of the vast Pacific Ocean were an exercise in logistics, navigation, hard grit, shipwreck and pure luck. The motivations were scientific and geographic, but at the same time nationalistic and materialistic. This ambitious and informative reference includes the familiar names of Laperouse, Bougainville, Cook and Dampier, as well as the intriguing stories of the Bounty Mutiny, scurvy, and the mysterious Northwest Passage, Terra Australis Ignotia and Davis Land. There are cross-referenced entries on first contacts, ships, navigational instruments, mapping, and botany. The scene is carefully set in the introduction, the chronology spans several centuries, and the extensive bibliography offers a guide to further reading.
Max Quanchi teaches Pacific History at Queensland University of Technology and has written extensively on the history of the Pacific Islands. John Robson is the Map Librarian at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, president of the New Zealand Map Society, and New Zealand representative for the Hakluyt Society.
Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 List of Maps Part 4 Pacific Islands and Their First European Visitors Part 5 Chronologies Part 6 Maps Part 7 Introduction Part 8 THE DICTIONARY Part 9 Bibliography Part 10 Appendix: Associations, Libraries, and Societies Part 11 About the Authors