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The Great Ocean; Pacific Worlds from Captain Cook to the Gold Rush by David Igler - Washington State Historical Society

The Great Ocean; Pacific Worlds from Captain Cook to the Gold Rush by David Igler

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The Great Ocean; Pacific Worlds from Captain Cook to the Gold Rush by David Igler

"The Pacific of the early eighteenth century was not a single ocean but a vast and varied waterscape, a place of baffling complexity, with 25,000 islands and seemingly endless continental shorelines. But with the voyages of Captain James Cook, global attention turned to the Pacific, and European and American dreams of scientific exploration, trade, and empire grew dramatically. By the time of the California gold rush, the Pacific's many shores were fully integrated into world market - and world consciousness."


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