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

by James Burney

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Maritime Exploration Series

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

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 contemporary Spanish, Dutch and English accounts, which include descriptions of voyages to China, Micronesia and Australia. Volume 1 covers voyages between 1492 and 1574, including the voyages of Magellan.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108024082
Publication date: 9th December 2010
Author: James Burney
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 438 pages
Categories: Maritime history, Australasian & Pacific history, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,

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