The British Navigator: Containing An Account of Voyages Round The World. Vol. 4.
de Beer Eb 1783 P
London: Printed for John Fielding
In 1766, Samuel Wallis left England in the Dolphin to find the notoriously elusive ‘Southern Continent’. He re-discovered Tahiti, which had actually been seen by de Quirós in 1606 but forgotten. He then went on to the Society and Wallis Islands. Wallis was the first European to enjoy the hospitality of Tahiti (which he named after King George III), and his account was so glowing that many later voyagers made a direct line for this pleasure-isle. Wallis’s sentiments are reiterated in this small format edition of The British Navigator: ‘this island is …one of the most pleasant in the universe.’
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