- Tapa dura: 217 páginas
- Editor: Washington State Univ Pr (1 de enero de 1998)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0874221552
- ISBN-13: 978-0874221558
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
Almost a Hero: The Voyages of John Meares, R.N, to China, Hawaii, and the Northwest Coast (Inglés) Tapa dura – ene 1998
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"Immensely readable and meticuiously researched."
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Beginning in 1786, Captain John Meares of Great Britain bravely explored the North pacific, but his attempt to dominate the fur trade between the Northwest Coast and Asia was frustrated when the Spanish navy seized his ships off Vancouver Island. Meares missed the opportunity to explore the Strait of Juan de Fuca or discover the Columbia River. Hence, he was almost a hero.Ver Descripción del producto
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Nokes does much to explain the motives and actions of John Meares, who has often been the brunt of much criticism, and Meares comes across as a hard working dedicated and quite accomplished sailor and trader--all be it one who endured quite a bit of bad luck.
I was impressed with the even chronology of events, which is difficult considering the various ships, locations, and personalities involved in telling Meares' story. Nokes has relied heavily on Meares himself to explain actions and events, and it provides much clarity that has been lacking in understanding this particular nitch of history. However it is always wise to consider the source, and there are many events that have been interpreted quite differently by others. But given Nokes fine accounting I don't think there is much doubt that Meares was not the great rouge that many painted him as, and was likely quite a capable and just man. Though it is unlikely he was quite the man he claimed to be. Yet, anyone plying the Northwest fur trade at the end of the eighteenth century needed a set of skills that eliminated incompetence and to a great extent, weakness of character. Meares accomplishments stand on their own, and one is likely to close this book on John Meares with a significantly greater respect for the man.
My only criticisms are negligible. Nokes makes a number of minor mistakes with regard to Hawaiian figures. Rulers are mixed between islands, and there is some confusion concerning relationships and who held power where. On the other hand, there is some very informative material provided about these times in Hawaii which I have not seen elsewhere.
This book should be regarded as a primary source of information about the early Northwest fur trade and early trader visits to Hawaii. It is a great starting point for anyone interested in the period and a wonderful resource of further referance for those who study the time. Anyone interested in this period and trade cycle should have this book on their bookshelf. I was so impressed I returned to Amazon and bought everything else I could find by Nokes concerning this time period.