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Magellan Strait
Pacific Ocean
Spice Islands



  • Bougainville, Louis-Antoine de, comte. Voyage autour du monde: Par la frégate du roi La Boudeuse, et la flûte L’Étoile: En 1766, 1767, 1768 & 1769. Paris: Chez Saillant & Nyon, libraires, rue S. Jean-de-Beauvais, 1771.
  • Cook, James.
    • 1st voyage: See Hawkesworth, John.
    • 2nd voyage: A Voyage towards the South Pole and Round the World: Performed in His Majesty’s Ships the Resolution and Adventure, in the Years 1772, 1773, 1774 and 1775. 2 vols. London: Printed for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1777.
    • 3rd voyage: A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken, by the Command of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere, to Determine the Position and Extent of the West Side of North America; Its Distance from Asia; and the Practicability of a Northern Passage to Europe. Performed under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, in His Majesty’s Ships the Resolution and Discovery, in the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780. 3 vols. and atlas. London: Printed by W. and A. Strahan, for G. Nicol, & T. Cadell, 1784.
    • The Journals. Prepared from the original manuscripts by J. C. Beaglehole for the Hakluyt Society, 1955–67. Selected and edited by Philip Edwards. London: Penguin Books, 2003.
  • Dampier, William.
  • A New Voyage Round the World. Describing Particularly, the Isthmus of America, Several Coasts and Islands in the West Indies, the Isles of Cape Verd, the Passage by Terra del Fuego, the South Sea Coasts of Chili, Peru, and Mexico; the Isle of Guam One of the Ladrones, Mindanao, and Other Philippine and East India Islands near Cambodia, China, Formosa, Luconia, Celebes, &c. New Holland, Sumatra, Nicobar Isles; the Cape of Good Hope, and Santa Hellena. Their Soil, Rivers, Harbours, Plants, Fruits, Animals, and Inhabitants. Their Customs, Religions, Government, Trade, &c. . . . 3 vols. London: Printed for J. Knapton, 1703–9. A Voyage to New Holland, &c. in the Year 1699: Wherein Are Described the Canary-Islands . . . vol. III. London: Printed for James Knapton . . . , 1703.
  • Descriptio ac delineatio geographica detectionis freti, sive, Transitus ad occasum, suprà terras Americanas in Chinam atq́[ue] Iaponem ducturi, recens investigati ab M. Henrico Hudsono Anglo: Item, Narratio regi Hispaniæ facta, super tractu, in quinta orbis terrarum parte, cui Australiæ Incognitæ nomen est, recens detecto, per Capitaneum Petrum Ferdinandez de Quir: Unà cum descriptione terræ Samoiedarum & Tingoesiorum, in Tartaria ad ortum Freti VVaygats sitæ, nuperq[ue] Imperio Moscovitarum subactæ. Amsterdam: Ex officina Hesselij Gerardi, 1612.
  • Drake, Francis, Sir [nephew]. The World Encompassed by Sir Francis Drake . . . Offered Now at Last to Publique View, Both for the Honour of the Actor, but Especially for the Stirring Vp of Heroick Spirits, to Benefit Their Countrie, and Eternize Their Names by Like Noble Attempts. London: Printed for Nicholas Bourne and are to be sold at his shop at the Royall Exchange, 1628.
  • Eden, Richard. The Decades of the Newe Worlde or West India, Conteyning the Nauigations and Conquestes of the Spanyardes. . . . Wrytten in the Latine Tounge by Peter Martyr of Angeleria, and Translated into Englysshe by Richarde Eden. London: In aedibus Guilhelmi Powell, 1555.
  • Hall, Joseph. Mvndvs alter et idem siue Terra Australis ante hac semper incognita longis itineribus peregrini academici nuperrime lustrata. Frankfurt: Ascany de Rinialme, [1607?].
  • Hawkesworth, John. An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere and Successively Performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret, and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavor, Drawn Up from the Journals Which Were Kept by the Several Commanders, and from the Papers of Joseph Banks, Esq. 3 vols. London: Printed for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1773.
  • Hulsius, Levinus. Sechster Theil, kurtze, warhafftige Relation vnnd Beschreibung der wunderbarsten vier Schiffahrten, so jemals verricht worden: als nemlich, Ferdinandi Magellani Portugalesers, mit Sebastiano de Cano, Francisci Draconis Engelländers, Thomæ Candisch Engelländers, Oliuarii von Noort, Niderländers: so alle vier vmb den gantzen Erdtkreiss gesegelt, auss vnterschiedenen Authoribus vnd Sprachen zusammen getragen, vnd mit nöhtigen Landt Charten, feinen Figurn vnd nützlichen Erklärungen gezieret, vnd verfertiget. Frankfurt: Bey Hartmanno Palthenio, in Verlegung der Hulsischen, Im Jahr, 1626.
  • La Pérouse, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de. The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World, in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788, with the Nautical Tables. Arranged by M. L. A. Milet Mureau . . . . Translated from the French by A. G. Pingré. 2 vols. London: Printed for J. Stockdale, 1798. Gift of Charles Williston McAlpin, Class of 1888.
  • Le Maire, Jacques. Spieghel der Australische navigatie. In Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas, Nieuwe werelt, anders ghenaempt West‑Indien. Amsterdam: By Michiel Colijn, 1622.
  • Pigafetta, Antonio. Magellan’s Voyage: A Narrative Account of the First Circumnavigation. 2 vols. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1969. (Facsimile of the original manuscript, with an introduction and English translation by R. A. Skelton.)
  • Purchas, Samuel. Purchas His Pilgrimes: In Five Books. . . . The Fourth, English Voyages beyond the East Indies, to the Ilands of Iapan, China, Cauchinchina, the Philippinae with Others. . . . 4 vols. London: Printed by William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone . . . , 1625–[1626].
  • Rogers, Woodes. A Cruising Voyage Round the World: First to the South-Seas, Thence to the East-Indies, and Homewards by the Cape of Good Hope. . . . Containing a Journal of All the Remarkable Transactions: . . . An Account of Alexander Selkirk’s Living Alone Four Years and Four Months in an Island. . . . London: Printed for A. Bell . . . and B. Lintot . . . , 1712.
  • Roggeveen, Jacob.
    • The Journal of Jacob Roggeveen. Edited and translated by Andrew Sharp. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970.
    • Scheepsjournaal: gerhouden op het schip Tienhoven tijdens de ontdekkingsreis van Jacob Roggeveen, 1721-1722. Edited by F. E. Mulert. Middelburg, Netherlands: J.C. & W. Altorffer, 1911.
  • Schouten,Willem Corneliszoon.
    • Diarium vel descriptio laboriosissimi, & molestissimi itineris / facti à Guilielmo Cornelii Schoutenio Hornano. Annis 1615. 1616. & 1617. Cum à parte Australi freti Magellanici, novum ductum, aut fretum, in Magnum Mare Australe detexit, totumq[ue] orbem terrarum circumnavigavit; Quas insulas, & regiones, & populos viderit, & quae pericula subierit. Amsterdam: Apud Petrum Kaerium, 1619.
    • Iournael ofte beschryvinghe van de wonderlijcke reyse / ghedaen door Willem Cornelisz Schouten van Hoorn, inde jaren 1615. 1616. en 1617; Hoe hy bezuyden de strate van Magellanes een nieuwe passagie tot inde groote Zuyd-zee ontdeckt, en voort den gheheelen aerd-kloot omghezeylt, heeft; Wat eylanden, vreemde volcken en wonderlicke avontueren hem ontmoet zijn. Amsterdam: By Willem Jansz . . . , 1618.
    • Novi freti, a parte meridionali freti Magellanici, in Magnum Mare Australe detectio: Facta laboriosissimo & periculosissimo itinere à Guilielmo Cornelij Schoutenio Hornano, annis 1615, 1616, & 1617, totum orbem terrarum circumnavigante. Amsterdam: Apud Guilielmum Iansonium, 1619.
    • The Relation of a Wonderfull Voiage Made by William Cornelison Schouten of Horne: Shewing How South from the Straights of Magelan, in Terra del-Fuogo, He Found and Discouered a Newe Passage through the Great South Sea, and That Way Sayled Round about the World. Translated by William Philip. London: Imprinted by T.D. for Nathanaell Nevvbery . . . , 1619.
  • Tasman, Abel Janszoon. Abel Janszoon Tasman’s Journal of His Discovery of Van Diemens Land and New Zealand in 1642, with Documents Relating to His Exploration of Australia in 1644. . . . Amsterdam: F. Muller & Co., 1898. (Facsimiles of the original manuscript, with an English translation by J. de Hoop Scheffer and C. Stoffel.)

    Biographies / Carto-Bibliographies / Histories / Novels / Poems

  • Baccino Ponce de León, Napoleón. Five Black Ships: A Novel of the Discoverers. Translated by Nick Caistor. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1994.
  • Badger, Geoffrey. The Explorers of the Pacific. Kenthurst, Australia: Kangaroo Press, 1988.
  • Bawlf, R. Samuel. The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake, 1577–1580. New York: Walker, 2003.
  • Beaglehole, J. C. The Life of Captain James Cook. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1974.
  • Bergreen, Laurence. Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe. New York: Harper Perennial, 2004.
  • Blackwell, Elizabeth. A Curious Herbal, Containing Five Hundred Cuts, of the Most Useful Plants, Which Are Now Used in the Practice of Physick. Engraved on Folio Copper Plates, after Drawings Taken from the Life. By Elizabeth Blackwell. To Which Is Added a Short Description of ye Plants; and Their Common Uses in Physick. 2 vols. London: Printed for J. Nourse, 1739–1751.
  • Broecke, M.P.R. van den. Ortelius Atlas Maps: An Illustrated Guide. Netherlands: HES Publishers, 1996.
  • Burden, Philip D.
    • The Mapping of North America: A List of Printed Maps, 1511–1670. Rickmansworth, Eng.: Raleigh Publications, 1996.
    • The Mapping of North America II: A List of Printed Maps, 1671–1700. Rickmansworth, Eng.: Raleigh Publications, 2007.
  • Burney, James. A Chronological History of the Discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean; Illustrated with Charts. London: Printed by Luke Hansard, 1803–17.
  • Camino, Mercedes Maroto. Exploring the Explorers: Spaniards in Oceania, 1519–1794. Manchester, U.K.: . Manchester University Press, 2008.
  • Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Illustrated by Gustave Doré. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1876.
  • Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who Lived Eight and Twenty Years, All Alone in an Un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River Oroonoque; Having Been Cast on Shore by Shipwreck, Wherein All the Men Perished but Himself. With an Account How He Was at Last as Strangely Deliver’d by Pyrates. London: Printed for W. Taylor . . . , 1719.
  • Dibner, Bern. The Victoria and the Triton. Norwalk, Conn.: Burndy Library, 1962.
  • Dunmore, John.
    • Storms and Dreams: The Life of Louis de Bougainville. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2007.
    • Who’s Who in Pacific Navigation. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1991.
  • Estensen, Miriam. Terra Australis Incognita: The Spanish Quest for the Mysterious Great South Land. Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 2006.
  • Henry, David. An Historical Account of All the Voyages Round the World, Performed by English Navigators. . . . 4 vols. London: F. Newbery, 1773–1774.
  • An Historical Account of the Circumnavigation of the Globe, and of the Progress of Discovery in the Pacific Ocean, from the Voyage of Magellan to the Death of Cook. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1845.
  • Horwitz, Tony. Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before. New York: Henry Holt, 2002.
  • Hough, Richard. Captain James Cook. New York: W. W. Norton, 1995.
  • Howse, Derek, ed. Background to Discovery: Pacific Exploration from Dampier to Cook. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.
  • Kennedy, Gavin. The Death of Captain Cook. London: Duckworth, 1978.
  • MacArthur, Antonia. His Majesty’s Bark Endeavour: The Story of the Ship and Her People. Illustrated by Dennis Adams. Sydney, Australia, and New York: Angus & Robertson, 1997.
  • Martinic Beros, Mateo. Cartografía magallánica, 1523–1945. [Punta Arenas,] Chile: Ediciones de la Universidad de Magallanes, 1999.
  • McAuley, James. Captain Quiros, a Poem by James McAuley. [Sydney]: Angus and Robertson, 1964.
  • Murphy, Dallas. Rounding the Horn: Being a Story of Williwaws and Windjammers, Drake, Darwin, Murdered Missionaries and Naked Natives—A Deck’s-Eye View of Cape Horn. New York: Basic Books, 2004.
  • Parry, David E. The Cartography of the East Indian Islands: Insulae Indiae Orientalis. London: Countrywide Editions, 2005.
  • Perry, T. M., and Dorothy F. Prescott. A Guide to Maps of Australia in Books Published 1780–1830: An Annotated Cartobibliography. Canberra: National Library of Australia, 1996.
  • Preston, Diana, and Michael Preston. A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Explorer, Naturalist, and Bucaneer: The Life of William Dampier. New York: Walker, 2004.
  • Sharp, Andrew. The Voyages of Abel Janszoon Tasman. London: Clarendon Press, 1968.
  • Sherry, Frank. Pacific Passions: The European Struggle for Power in the Great Ocean in the Age of Exploration. New York: Morrow, 1994.
  • Shirley, Rodney W. The Mapping of the World: Early Printed World Maps, 1472–1700. London: Holland Press, 1983.
  • Suárez, Thomas. Early Mapping of the Pacific: The Epic Story of Seafarers, Adventurers, and Cartographers Who Mapped the Earth’s Greatest Ocean. Singapore: Periplus, 2004.
  • Swift, Jonathan. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World: In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, first a surgeon, and then a captain of several ships. 2 vols. London: Printed for Benj. Motte, 1726.
  • Tooley, R. V. The Mapping of Australia. London: Holland Press, 1979.
  • Williams, Glyn[dwr]. The Death of Captain Cook: A Hero Made and Unmade. London: Profile Books, 2008.
  • Williams, Glyndwr, and Alan Frost, eds. Terra Australis to Australia. Melbourne: Oxford University Press in association with the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 1988.
  • Wordwsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads: With a Few Other Poems. London: Printed for J. & A. Arch, 1798.
  • Wroth, Lawrence C. “The Early Cartography of the Pacific.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 38, no. 2 (1944): 87–268.

Table of Contents / Explorers
Magellan Strait
Pacific Ocean
Spice Islands