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A Chronological History of the Discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean 5 Volume Set

Captain James Burney (1750-1821), the son of the musicologist Dr Charles Burney and brother of the novelist Fanny Burney, was a well-travelled sailor, best known for this monumental compilation of voyages of discovery in the Pacific Ocean. After joining the navy in 1764, he sailed on Cook's second voyage between 1772 and 1774, and was also present on the ill-fated third voyage. He retired from the navy in 1784 and turned to writing works on exploration. These volumes, published between 1803 and 1817, and regarded as the standard work on the subject for much of the nineteenth century, contain collected accounts of European voyages of discovery in the Pacific Ocean between 1492 and 1764. Burney provides summaries of Spanish, Dutch and English accounts, which include descriptions of voyages to China, Micronesia and Australia.
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part of the Continent; 10. Continuation of the discoveries to the North of Mexico. Expeditions of Hernando de Alarcon, and of Franciso Vasquez de Cornado; 11. Schemes for maritime expeditions, formed by Pedro de Alvarado. They are frustrated by his death. Voyage of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, to the north of California. Establishment of the Spaniards in Chili. The coast of Japan seen for the first time by Europeans; 12. Voyage of Ruy Lopez de Villalobos; 13. Events connected with maritime expeditions in the South Sea, to the year 1558. Ships sent to examine the American coast to the south from Valdivia. Juan Ladrilleros to the Strait of Magalhanes; 14. Expedition of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, from New Spain to the Philippine Islands; 15. Of the islands discovered near the continent of America in the Pacific Ocean; 16. Discovery of the Salomon Islands, by Alvaro de Mendana; 17. Progress of the Spaniards in the Philippine Islands. The islands San Felix and San Ambor discovered. Enterprise of John Oxnam, an Englishman, in the South Sea; 18. Reports concerning the discovery of a southern continent; 19. Voyage of Francis Drake round the world; 20. Some account of the charts to this volume, with miscellaneous observations on the geography of the 16th century. Evidence in favour of the probability that the country, since named New Holland, was discovered by Europeans within that period; Appendix. Volume 2; Part I; Part II.

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