Part I. A Brief History of the U.S. Exploring Expedition.
Part II. The 15 Navigation Charts, by Title with individual descriptions.
I. A Brief History of the U.S. Exploring Expedition.
Like a Homeric odyssey, the United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842), its six vessels2/, 346 man crew3/ of scientists, artists, naval officers and other personnel commanded by then U.S. Navy Lieut. Charles Wilkes (1798-1877), set out on a four year journey that touched six continents, covered 87, 780 miles and set a circuitous course en route to mapping and exploring the islands of the South Pacific and the Pacific Ocean,...