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The Forgotten Voyage of Charles Wilkes by William Bixby 1966 HBDJ


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THE FORGOTTEN VOYAGE of CHARLES WILKES By William Bixby Illustrated by John Flynn Map Index Ex-Library Book. Copyright Date: 1966. No Edition stated. Published by David McKay Company. 184 Pages. Book boards are in Good condition except for having the dustjacket flaps glued on the inside of the boards. Has Library pocket several library stamps markings. Some tape residue. Pages are are Clean Tight . Dustjacket is in Fair condition with some light edge shelf wear. From the Flyleaf....... Early in the nineteenth century the new United States wanted to send a great exploratory and scientific expedition to chart unknown shoals and reefs to safeguard American ships and also to equal the great exploratory voyages of Cook and others that had brought fame to their countries. It was not until 1838, however, that the expedition set sail. Lieutenant Charles Wilkes was put in charge of the poorly outfitted squadron formed to carry it out. Nearly impossible achievements beings asked of him, in lonely command, confiding doubts only in his journal, Wilkes saw the adventure through. In four years what did the expedition accomplish? It circumnavigated the globe, taking soundings that benefitted shipping everywhere. The South Polar regions were defined as a continent: Wilkes' sightings made a basis for United States claims in Antarctica. Two hundred and eighty islands were surveyed, one hundred and eighty charts constructed. The study of Oregon included detail for the settler and the military. Specimens enriched all branches of botany and zoology and provided material to start a national natural history museum. The expedition, in spite of the odds, had been successfully managed; with few exceptions, all the orders given to Wilkes were fulfilled. He deserved the thanks of the nation. William Bixby, experienced at portraying the exceptional man and contribution to science, with several books on the Antarctic to his credit, presents the record of the four historic years, as well as the disgraceful account of why Wilkes has been so long ignored. Multiple orders add .50 Per Book for combined shipping costs.

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