The Quest for the Northwest Passage: Knowledge, Nation and Empire, 15761806

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 7/15/2015
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This edited volume traces the history of the British search for the northwest passage - the Arctic sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans - from the early modern era to the start of the nineteenth century.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Northwest Passage and the Imperial Project: History, Ideology, Myth
Arctics of Empire: The North in Principal Navigations (1598-1600)
From Myth to Appropriation: English Discourses on the Strait of Anian (1566-1628)
'Not Now Believed': The Textual Fate of the Baffin and Bylot Expeditions (1615-16)
Ice and Eskimos: Dealing with a New Otherness
George Best's Arctic Mirrors: A True Discourse of the Late Voyages of Discoverie … of Martin Frobisher (1578)
'A People of Tractable Conversation': A Reappraisal of Davis's Contribution to Arctic Scholarship (1585-7)
Booking a Northwest Passage: Thomas James and The Strange and Dangerous Voyage (1633)
The Shift in Methods: Towards Overland Exploration
Anthropology as Curiosity: Samuel Hearne's Journey from Prince of Wales's Fort … to the Northern Ocean in the Years 1769, 1770, 1771 & 1772 (1795)
Alexander Mackenzie's Search for the Northwest Passage: The Commercial Imperative (1789-93)
Illusion, (Self-)Delusion: Jefferson's 'Corps of Discovery' and the Elusive Northwest Passage (1804-6)
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