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"That Extensive Enterprise": HMS Herald's North Pacific Survey, 1845-1851

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Title:"That Extensive Enterprise": HMS Herald's North Pacific Survey, 1845-1851
Authors:Samson, Jane
Date Issued:Oct 1998
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Samson J. 1998. "That extensive enterprise": HMS Herald's North Pacific survey, 1845-1851. Pac Sci 52(4): 287-293.
Abstract:Despite its enormous scope, the survey of HMS Herald, like
most British scientific voyages after the time of Captain Cook, is little known.
This article's discussion of naturalist Berthold Seemann's accounts of the voyage
challenges the impression, still common in some naval history circles, that
there is a difference between scientific expeditions and other naval activities
(that is, between science and politics). The article considers evidence of imperial
aesthetics in Seemann's responses to landscape and notes connections between
the collection of scientific data and the interests of British commercial and political
expansion. Examination of Seemann's racial views shows that, just as he
viewed landscape and natural resources with an imperial eye, so he judged
other peoples by his own standards of achievement and "improvability."
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 52, Number 4, 1998

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