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In the eighteenth-century, accounts of maritime exploration were a popular genre in book publishing.
This episode features two voyages that captured the public’s imagination – Anson’s controversial expedition to attack Spanish interests in South America, and Cook’s celebrated first voyage to the Pacific on the Endeavour.
Listen to Georgia tell the story of these journeys through the books published about them.
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Richard Walter. A voyage round the world…by George Anson, 1748. Click to see in detail on Kura Heritage Collections Online.
John Bulkeley. A voyage to the South-Seas, 1743. See record in catalogue.
John Byron. The narrative of the Honourable John Byron, 1768. See record in catalogue.
James Cook. Letter, 30 November 1768, Rio de Janeiro, to the Commissioners of the Victualling, His Majesty's Navy. Click to see in detail on Kura Heritage Collections Online.
John Hawkesworth. An account of the voyages…Vol.2., 1773. Click to see in detail on Kura Heritage Collections Online.
Byron's narrative of the loss of the Wager [eBook] / John Byron
Anson and Cook reading list
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