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Annual Meeting

57th Annual Meeting of the
Society for the History of Discoveries

September 22 (Thursday) - September 24 (Saturday) 2016

Newport, Rhode Island


All events took place at the Viking Hotel unless otherwise noted.

Thursday September 22
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Council Meeting
 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Opening Reception/Registration

September 23

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.Welcome:  SHD President:  James Matthews
8:45 am. –10:15 a.m


• Chet Van Duzer, “The Cartographer Sets Sail: Eyewitness Records and Early Modern Maps”
  James Walker, “Chart of the Northwest Coast of America: An Unrecorded Legacy of the 1790-1793 Voyage of the Columbia Rediviva and A Record of Earliest Encounters”
  •  Richard Vondrak, “Amundsen's Difficult Search for the Elusive North Magnetic Pole”
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  •  Thomas J. Rushford, “Jean Ribault: Huguenot Explorer in the Atlantic World”

 •  Lauren Beck, “Extramarital Explorations in the Early Spanish Atlantic”
  •  Simon Sun, “Your Affectionate Son: Family Letters of Samuel Shaw”
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


•  Mirela Altić, “Jesuits at Sea:  Jose Quiroga and Jose Cardiel—Two Different Views of Patagonia 1745-1746”
•  Anne Good, “Curious Tastes:  Experimental Eating on Ship and on Land”
•  Thomas J. Anderson, “The Desert Mariner: Understanding the Global Experiences of F. G. Lyon in the Sahara and Artic”
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  •  Charles Sullivan, “From Sea to Shining Sea: Measuring North America in the 16th Century”

 •  Lydia Towns, “To Regulate or Not to Regulate: the Seven Years' War and William Pitt's Attempt to Control British Privateers”

 •  Janet Rith-Najarian, “Captain Grace O’Malley and the Irish Seas: Piracy, Rebellion, and Cartographic Espionage in the Elizabethan Era”
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Keynote Address by D. K. Abbass:
"How So Many of James Cook's Ships got to Rhode Island without the Great Navigator: The After-Glow of Discovery"

Saturday September 24

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

SESSION 5 Connections:  Captain Cook and Rhode Island
  •  Stephen Baines, “Rhode Island and Yorkshire:  Colonial Rhode Island's Religious Tolerance and the Quaker Connections to Maritime Trade”
•  Kerry Lynch, “The Search for the Lord Sandwich ex Endeavour:  The 2016 Update on RIMAP's Archaeological Progress”
  •  Nigel Erskine, "What Finding the Endeavour Means to the Modern World: 150th Anniversary Plans in England, Australia,and (by the way) the Media”
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Annual Business Meeting
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  •  Felipe Fernandes Cruz, 2015 SHD Student Prize Winner, “Napalm Colonization: Indigenous Peoples and Exploration in Brazil’s Aeronautical Frontiers”
  •  Anthony Mullan, “Agustin Codazzi and Nation Building in Nineteenth Century Venezuela”

•  Frances L. Pollitt, “Charting Casco Bay: Lemuel Moody’s signature (and unrecognized) contribution towards saving mariners’ lives in and around Portland Harbor, Maine, 1825”
Optional Outing

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Picnic Lunch and Harbor Tour
(Separate Advance Registration required; location/time is tentative and subject to change)
There are many things to do and see in Newport, many of them within walking distance of the Viking Hotel.  We encourage you to visit the DiscoverNewport website to plan additional activities during your visit.

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