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Review: The Discovery of Jeanne Baret January 21, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Review: The Discovery of Jeanne Baret

In 1766 Jeanne Baret, a young Burgundian, joined a round-the-world trip, a French mission to claim territory in the Pacific and Indian oceans. Her experiences, the subject of a recent book by Glynis Ridley, would have been remarkable in itself given her gender and the date. But as the French navy did not allow women […]

Heavenly Bodies in the Pacific April 22, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Heavenly Bodies in the Pacific

The meetings between Western explorers and Pacific peoples in the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries saw a whole host of misunderstandings. And among the most interesting of these was, on the Polynesian side, the question of where the outsiders – with their great sailing boats and white skins – came from. Curiously, there are a rash […]