In 1845 Sir John Franklin's expedition left England, searching for
a northwest passage, and vanished into the Arctic forever. Three
years later HMS Plover's was the first departure of 21 expeditions
searching for Franklin.Although most of the analyses of the
Franklin Search have focused on the large expeditions in the
eastern Arctic, the smaller western expeditions also produced
significant geographical and ethnographical information. The
Plover's voyage of 1848 to 1854 was the first constant presence of
Europeans in the western Arctic, and Rochfort Maguire's journal is
the earliest account of a sustained foreign association with the
Eskimos of northern Alaska. Maguire's journal is far more than an
important historical document; it is a fascinating account of
Europeans and Eskimos learning to cope with one another.Maguire's
narrative is introduced by a detailed discussion of the history,
strategy and logistics of the Franklin Search in the western
Arctic. Appendices include accounts of the Search's five boat
expeditions near Point Barrow as well as Dr John Simpson's seminal
essay on the Eskimos of northern Alaska.The main pagination of this
and the following volume (Second series 170) is continuous.This is
a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first
published in 1987.
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