To Make Discoveries of Countries Hitherto Unknown: the Admiralty and Pacific Exploration in the Eighteenth Century

By Glyn Williams, published February 1996


The author discusses various voyages of discovery in the Pacific Ocean conducted under the auspices of the British Admiralty. The paper argues that these voyages did not represent a clear policy of the Admiralty, but rather depended on the drive of individuals such as Anson, Egmont, Sandwich and Banks. The motives were not always purely scientific, but were driven by the triumvirate of trade, navigation and science.

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Filed under: James Cook | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Administration | Science & Exploration

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