Pacific and Indian Oceans; Or the South Sea Surveying and Exploring Expedition Its Inception, Progress, and Objects

Pacific and Indian Oceans; Or the South Sea Surveying and Exploring Expedition Its Inception, Progress, and Objects

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...organization. The labours of the naval officers would embrace every thing essentially connected with their profession; an employment adequate to the highest intellectual efforts. To ascertain with accuracy the latitude and longitude of important places visited; to correct!he position of reefs and islands upon the charts, and to give p, .... to new ones; to explore harbours, and point out places for obtaining wood, water, and provisions; to make observations tending to throw new light upon the obscure laws which govern the magnet; to open an intercourse with the natives, and to cause our flag to be known and respected in those seas: these and other kindred duties, requiring great prudence and capacity, with unusual skill and professional attainments, would furnish employments to the naval officers having charge of the squadron. "Upon the scientific corps other duties would devolve, no less arduous and important. He could not descend to details. It was sufficient to say, that the whole field of natural philosophy and natural history lay open before them. No part of it should be neglected; for its objects entered largely into the elements of commerce, and had an acknowledged value among all civilized nations, and with all enlightened minds. The animal productions of those remote regions, whether inhabiting the land, the ocean, or the air, would require particular attention. The vegetable and mineral productions could not be overlooked. Every object connected with the present commerce, or calculated to open new channels for trade, would be journalized and preserved. The executive should be able to speak of this corps in the language of President Monroe's instructions to Major Long: 'Great confidence is reposed in the acquirements and zeal of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123658306X
  • 9781236583062