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Discovery : The quest for the Great South Land - Miriam Estensen


The quest for the Great South Land

Paperback Published: 1st August 1999
ISBN: 9781865081397
Number Of Pages: 300

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Six centuries before the birth of Christ, men began to dream of a vast land at the bottom of the world, a land of marvels, of immense wealth and mystery.

Discovery is the story of a quest which, across two millennia, compelled men in small ships to traverse unknown seas, to endure extraordinary hardships, to slowly unveil the last discovered continent.

Discovery begins among ancient Greek philosophers on the shores of the Mediterranean. It ends on 1 April 1770 on the coast of New Zealand. On that day Lieutenant James Cook RN decided the time was right to sail the Endeavour west - a passage across the Tasman Sea to the first recorded landfall on Australia's east coast.

Lucidly and concisely, weaving together new discoveries from shipwrecks and original sources, Miriam Estensen tells an absorbing tale of lonely galleons and map makers, Spanish hidalgos and Dutch merchants, remote coasts and castaways, buccaneers and dreamers.

Above all, this is the story of how an imagined place was made real, how the speculations of visionaries became Terra Incognita and then Australia. Discovery is a 'prequel' to Robert Hughes' international bestseller The Fatal Shore.

Prologue: A time before time<

1 A vision becomes a quest

2 Reaching the threshold

3 Before the Europeans<

4 Of maps and myths and power

5 Breaking into the Pacific

6 The merchant mariners

7 The vast Southern Ocean

8 The quest achieved

ISBN: 9781865081397
ISBN-10: 1865081396
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 1st August 1999
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1