This is the first detailed study of Captain Cook’s three voyages of exploration, searching for the unknown Southern Continent, Antarctica. The author has provided a key work on Captain Cook and this book is likely to remain the definitive work on the subject. – Most Highly Recommended
NAME: Captain James Cook and The Search For Antarctica FILE: R3261 AUTHOR: James C Hamilton PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Royal Navy, exploration, marine survey, seamanship, navigation, map- making, maritime exploration, southern continent, Antarctica, Eighteenth Century, sailing ships, Terra Del Fuego, Cape Horn, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands, Kergueles Archipelago ISBN: 1-52675-357-X PAGES: 303 IMAGE: B3261.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y23dc58d LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This is the first detailed study of Captain Cook's three voyages of exploration, searching for the unknown Southern Continent, Antarctica. The author has provided a key work on Captain Cook and this book is likely to remain the definitive work on the subject. – Most Highly Recommended
The voyages of exploration around the world by British sailors began in the Sixteenth Century with the voyages of traders and pirates, individual voyages with the aim of profit. By the Eighteenth Century, British maritime exploration was undertaken by vessels backed by the Admiralty but, mostly by Royal Navy vessels and charters. The Royal Navy had established maritime supremacy during the Seven Years War but that did not end the dangers of conflict with other navies and colonial expansion was increasing the number and length of British trade routes which the Royal Navy was required to protect in the national interest.
Captain Cook was engaged on a series of voyages that established Australia and New Zealand as new countries for British development. His voyages in the Southern Seas have become legendary but his attempts to discover and chart the mysterious rumoured Southern Continent and the groups of islands in southern waters has been important but not received much attention from historians who have concentrated on his voyages in Australian water and Polynesia.
The well-researched text is supported by a very interesting colour plate section but the most important illustration is in the form of maps and charts, produced through the body of the book.