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Sailors, Savants, Naming: France and the Knowing of Oceania, 1756–1840

Douglas, Bronwen


This paper addresses the tangled interplay of mariners’ experience and prevailing theory in the French mapping, naming and classification of places and people in what is usually called Oceania (here spanning the south Pacific Islands, Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand). This vast, mainly maritime zone was known to Europeans from the early 16th century as the ‘fifth part of the world’. Over the next four centuries, it was mostly called the South Sea/Pacific Ocean or Terra Australis/Océanie....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: IKUWA6: Shared Heritage: Proceedings of the Sixth International Congress on Underwater Archaeology
Access Rights: Open Access


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