New PDF release: Adventure Guide to Sweden

By Elisabet Olesen

ISBN-10: 1588435067

ISBN-13: 9781588435064

The fresh air, smelling of spruce and moss in the summertime and of newly fallen snow in iciness, is unforgettable in Sweden. Written through a local, this can be the definitive consultant to a rustic that's approximately eighty% mountains, large forests, lakes and desolate tract. yet this ebook covers all, from towns and villages to the nighttime solar Coast, the islands to the Lappland zone. artwork, tradition, folklore, purchasing, walks, watersports and extra. city and neighborhood maps, plus colour images and a close index.

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Yves-Joseph de KerguelenTremarec was a member of the landed aristocracy from the maritime province of Brittany, and his family roots in the French navy went back to the early eighteenth century. While it could not be said that Kerguelen was a dilettante – he had been in the navy for over twenty years when he embarked on the southern hemisphere expeditions – there were nonetheless aspects of his command that were marked by his aristocratic origins. Kerguelen’s insistence that his return to France Australe in 1773 be in a naval corvette – the top-of-the-line battleship – contained more than a hint of aristocratic vainglory.

In contrast to Kerguelen, it was purpose and intention, rather than status and sentiment, that governed Cook’s approach to exploration. Cook’s single-minded focus as an exploration specialist was also exemplified in his systematic and scientific approach. It was through careful planning, meticulous navigation and persistence over the three years of the voyage, that he demonstrated the fallacious nature of the claimed locations of the southern continent that had accumulated over the preceding centuries of southern hemisphere exploration.

Scurvy had ripped through the crew, the ships had run out of water, there being ‘scarce any left on board’, and a storm nearly wrecked them on the Tahiti coast. Rather than continuing to the main political and social centre at Matavai Bay, which Cook knew well after his visit there with Endeavour in 1769, the expedition landed on its less-well visited southern tip. Cook immediately set about reprovisioning the ships by taking water from streams and exchanging trade goods for fresh food. Very soon the relationship between visitors and locals became a tense stand-off.

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