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Who's who in Pacific navigation / John Dunmore.

By: Dunmore, John, 1923-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1992Description: xvi, 312 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 052284488X (hbk.) :.Subject(s): Explorers -- Pacific Area -- Biography | Sailors -- Pacific Area -- Biography | Pacific Area -- Discovery and explorationDDC classification: 910.92
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Biographical dictionary of the major explorers of the Pacific, including missionaries, traders, whalers, naturalists and others. Includes a detailed bibliography and comprehensive index. The author has edited, written or translated 25 other books including TFrench Explorers in the Pacific'.

"Includes major figures of voyages of explorations ... in the Pacific between the sixteenth and early twentieth century"--Jacket.

Author is a New Zealander.

First published: Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, c1991.


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Although deceptively popular in appearance, this biographical dictionary is by a first-rate scholar who has also written the definitive two-volume French Explorers in the Pacific (v.1, CH, Mar'66). Those listed in this new work were required to have made contributions to discovery, exploration, or navigation. The decision was made to close with the end of the great age of scientific exploration, not including such modern names as Heyerdahl. Each entry provides salient details of life and achievements. For lack of such precise information, the semilegendary Polynesians are omitted; there are, however, entries for the two known Japanese and Chinese navigators and for the Inca Tupac Yupanqui. There are 256 entries. As is not surprising, British names predominate (about one third of the entries), followed by Spanish and French. The Dutch, whose interest centered on what is now Indonesia, have only 11 entries, fewer than the Russians, most of whose work was done in the northwest Pacific. America is represented by 32 entrants, many from Nantucket. There is an excellent bibliography, including sections by country, and a name index. For general reference collections at any level, especially in libraries serving readers with an interest in the sea.-M. S. Martin, emeritus, Tufts University