Island of the Blue Foxes

Island of the Blue Foxes

Disaster and Triumph on the World's Greatest Scientific Expedition

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"The immense eighteenth-century scientific journey, variously known as the Second Kamchatka Expedition or the Great Northern Expedition, from St. Petersburg across Siberia to the coast of North America, involved over 3,000 people and cost Peter the Great over one-sixth of his empire's annual revenue. Led by the legendary Danish captain Vitus Bering, the ten-year voyage, which included scientists, artists, mariners, soldiers, and laborers, discovered Alaska, opened the Pacific fur trade, and, thanks to the brilliant naturalist Georg Steller, discovered dozens of New World plants and animals. The story of the expedition is a tale not only of adventure and historic achievement, but also of shipwreck, endurance, and "one of the most tragic and ghastly trials of suffering in the annals of maritime and arctic history.""--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Da Capo Press, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780306825194
Branch Call Number: 919.8 BOWN
Characteristics: xi, 327 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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