Alexander Dalrymple and the Rediscovery of the Islands of Solomon

By Dr. Colin Jack-Hinton, published May 1964


The initial discovery of the island chain by the Spanish in 1568 was far from complete and even misleading. The article includes several fascinating contemporary charts slowly mapping out this portion of the South Pacific. Alexander Dalrymple pieced together, and corrected, many inconsistencies in his published work of 1769, followed by a French scholar in 1781. At the same time, Dalrymple’s fixed belief in an “austral and antipodean continent” was disproved by Cook’s voyages, highlighting the limitations of theory based on incomplete cartographical evidence.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

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