Bown Stephen R.:
Madness, Betrayal and the Lash: The Epic Voyage of Captain George Vancouver

Douglas & Mcintyre , 2009
Hardback, 254 pagesSize: 229x155 mm
ISBN-13: 9781553653394
ISBN-10: 1553653394

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Stephen R. Bown

Stephen R. Bown was born in Ottawa, Canada, and graduated in history from the University of Alberta. He has a special interest in the history of science and exploration. His previous books are "The Naturalists: Scientific Travelers in the Golden Age of National History" and "Scurvy: How a Surgeon, a Mariner, and a Gentleman Solved the Greatest Medical Mystery of the Age of Sail," He lives in the Canadian Rockies with his wife and two young children.

Madness, Betrayal and the Lash: The Epic Voyage of Captain George Vancouver

From 1792 to 1795, George Vancouver sailed the Pacific as the captain of his own expedition -- and as an agent of imperial ambition. To map a place is to control it, and Britain had its eyes on America's Pacific coast. And map it Vancouver did. His voyage was one of history's greatest feats of maritime daring, discovery, and diplomacy, and his marine survey of Hawaii and the Pacific coast was at its time the most comprehensive ever undertaken. But just two years after returning to Britain, the 40-year-old Vancouver, hounded by critics, shamed by public humiliation at the fists of an aristocratic sailor he had flogged, and blacklisted because of a perceived failure to follow the Admiralty's directives, died in poverty, nearly forgotten. In this riveting and perceptive biography, historian Stephen Bown delves into the events that destroyed Vancouver's reputation and restores his position as one of the greatest explorers of the Age of Discovery.

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