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Early Mapping of the Pacific


Year: 2004
Language: english
Author: Thomas Suarez
Genre: History
Publisher: Periplus Editions
Edition: First
ISBN: 9780794600921
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 417
Description: The author provides a fully illustrated history of the Pacific Ocean from the Portuguese mariners to the 20th century explorers that includes a cornucopia of rare and beautiful maps of the Pacific Ocean, in particular, of Hawaii, Tahiti, Australia, and New Zealand, among other Pacific Islands and territories.
The text traces the exploration, and charting of the great ocean, and follows the story from classical times through the turn of the twentieth century, telling the tales of seafarers who ventured eastward from Asia and were the Pacific's greatest explorers.
As the publisher points out, with Krakatoa proving to be a volcanic event in publishing, interest in Pacific Ocean maps is higher than ever before. But while current maps are useful, the antique maps are truly fascinating. Ancient maps of Oceania hold mysteries as old as time. Were these early guides molded as much by fantasy as fact? Why did mapmakers take liberties with some of their subjects? Early Mapping of the Pacific bravely delves into these questions.

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