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Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World's Greatest Scientific Expedition
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Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World's Greatest Scientific Expedition (Hardback)

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The immense 18th-century scientific journey, variously known as the Second Kamchatka Expedition or the Great Northern Expedition, from St. Petersburg across Siberia to the coast of North America, involved over 3,000 people and cost Peter the Great over one-sixth of his empire's annual revenue. Until now recorded only in academic works, this 10-year venture, led by the legendary Danish captain Vitus Bering and including scientists, artists, mariners, soldiers, and laborers, discovered Alaska, opened the Pacific fur trade, and led to fame, shipwreck, and "one of the most tragic and ghastly trials of suffering in the annals of maritime and arctic history."

History & PoliticsHistory General & TheoryGeneral & world historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyNatural World & The EnvironmentThe environmentConservation of the environmentConservation of wildlife & habitatsTravel & MapsTravel writingExpeditions Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US Publication Date: 07/11/2017 ISBN-13: 9780306825194  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Stephen R. Bown is author of The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen and White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic, which won the Williams Mills Award for the best book on the Arctic in 2016. His award-winning books, including Scurvy and Madness, Betrayal, and the Lash, have led to a reputation as "Canada's Simon Winchester."

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