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Motives for European Exploration of the Pacific in the Age of the Enlightment

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Title: Motives for European Exploration of the Pacific in the Age of the Enlightment
Authors: Gascoigne, John
Issue Date: Jul 2000
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Gascoigne J. 2000. Motives for European exploration of the Pacific in the age of the Enlightenment. Pac Sci 54(3): 227-237.
Abstract: In this paper the ambivalent character of the Enlightenment
ideology that was employed to justify the Pacific voyages of the late eighteenth
century is explored. Parallels are drawn between the Spanish Christian justifications
for the earlier wave of European expansion into the Pacific (chiefly in the
sixteenth century) with that employed in this later period. It is concluded that,
though in both cases there was a high level of rationalization, such ideologies
required at least some measure of perceived dissonance with self-interest to be
credible.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/524
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 54, Number 3, 2000



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