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Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
$37.95 $18.95

Author: Philbrick, Nathaniel
Publisher: Viking Pr
Year: 2003
ISBN: 067003231X
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
New book, some shelf wear to jacket, 452 pages. The U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842 was one of the most ambitious undertakings of the 19th century and one of the largest voyages of discovery the Western world has ever seen, Six sailing vessels and a crew of hundreds that included botanists, geologists, mapmakers and biologists, all under the command of the young, brash Lieutenant Charles Wilkes. Their goal was to cover the Pacific Ocean, top to bottom. Four years after embarking, they returned to the United States having accomplished this and much more. They discovered a new southern continent, which Wilkes would name Antarctica. They explored volcanos in Hawaii, confirmed Charles Darwin's theory of the foramtion of coral attols, and collected thousands of specimens that eventually became the foundation of the Smithsonian institute. This was an enterprise that sould have been celebrated and revered as the expedition of Lewis and Clark, but the author explains for the first time why the expedition vanished from memory. Using new sources including a secret journal, Philbrick reconstructs the darker saga. The story pivots on Charles Wilkes - simultaneously ambitious, proud, petty, and courageous, a self-destructive dynamo who undermined his own prodigious feats by alienating his crew, officers and sponsors.

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