Tupaia : Captain Cook's Polynesian Navigator

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This book offers a biography of the unacknowledged Tahitian navigator who was essential to the success and eventual fame of Captain Cook's historic voyage on the Endeavour. * A detailed, four-year chronology from 1767-1770 * Six pieces of iconic artwork created by Tupaia himself are included, providing a rare glimpse into a long-gone people * An image of Tupaia's chart, drawn to demonstrate his vast knowledge of the Pacific to Captain Cookshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 255 pages
  • 165.1 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • Greenwood Press
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • 11
  • 0313387486
  • 9780313387487
  • 697,937

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"The only biography of Tupaia, Druett's astute portrait vitally contributes to annals of exploration and cultural contact." - Booklist "Druett's narrative beautifully captures the essence of Tupaia's world and brings it alive for readers. Her excellent study of an extraordinary-and nearly forgotten-Tahitian should be enjoyed by readers interested in British maritime history and Polynesian history and culture." - Library Journal "Joan Druett has written an interesting and very readable book... Pacific historians will be familiar with most of the events described in the book, but will appreciate this fine focus on and tribute to Tupaia " - International Journal of Maritime Historyshow more

About Joan A. Druett

Joan Druett is a professional writer.show more

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