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

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

Stephen R. Bown


From 1792 to 1795, George Vancouver sailed the Pacific because the captain of his personal excursion — and as an agent of imperial ambition. To map a spot is to manage it, and Britain had its eyes on America's Pacific coast. And map it Vancouver did. His voyage used to be certainly one of history’s maximum feats of maritime bold, discovery, and international relations, and his marine survey of Hawaii and the Pacific coast used to be at its time the main entire ever undertaken. yet simply years after returning to Britain, the 40-year-old Vancouver, hounded by way of critics, shamed by means of public humiliation on the fists of an aristocratic sailor he had flogged, and blacklisted as a result of a perceived failure to stick to the Admiralty’s directives, died in poverty, approximately forgotten. during this riveting and perceptive biography, historian Stephen Bown delves into the occasions that destroyed Vancouver’s attractiveness and restores his place as one of many maximum explorers of the Age of Discovery.

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