|Title:||Bering's Voyages. Vol. I: An Account of the Efforts of the Russians to Determine the Relation of Asia and America|
|Publisher:||The American Geographical Society of New York|
|Tags:||Alaska, exploration, non-fiction, Russia, Siberia|
Volume I: The Log Books and Official Reports of the First and Second Expeditions 1725-1730 and 1733-1742.
This is a story of exploration, scientific discovery and fortitude in the face of adversity.
The limits of the continents and the connections between oceans were important subjects of exploration in the 18th Century. Vitus Bering lead two important expeditions to determine how Asia stood with respect to North America. This volume describes his voyages, giving overviews of the perils faced and discoveries achieved, supplemented with technical detail of the day-to-day sailing. The second voyage in 1741 faced the uncertainty of a vast ocean, the terror of horrendous storms and the onslaught of scurvy in an attempt to reach Alaska. Bering never returned to Russia, dying of scurvy, effectively shipwrecked, on an island at the end of the Aleutian archipelago. [Suggest a different description.]
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