Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 7

May 2005


In February 2004, Robert Augustyn delivered a talk at the Miami Map Fair entitled “The Mismapping of Florida, 1584-1783.” 

Herbert Beals continues his work with the Hakluyt Society on the publication of Bodega’s 1775 journal; and with the Oxford University Press on entries for the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Exploration

In addition to his work as Secretary-Treasurer of SHD, Sanford Bederman is also one of the Section Editors for the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Exploration. His responsibilities have focused primarily on Africa. He continues to teach at the Senior University of Greater Atlanta, and this year served on the planning committee that organized the celebration of the life-long learning group’s 25th anniversary. His course at Senior University in 2005 was titled “The Great Explorers.” His paper, “A Geographer’s Reflections on Exploration and Discovery,” was presented in a plenary session at the Cody, WY SHD annual meeting in September 2004.

Steve Behrendt, now back at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, reports that he is continuing his studies of the 18th century transatlantic slave trade. He says that he particularly is interested in corresponding with members about 18th century navigation, and author John Hamilton Moore.

Simcha Bahiri continues to collect older, specialized, historical atlases. He also is adding works relating to exploration and discovery, as well as related histories to his personal collection. Dr. Bahiri is working on a paper entitled: “Jewish and Crypto-Jewish Contributions to Exploration in the Later Middle Ages.”

Larry Bowman, who retired recently from his teaching position at the University of Connecticut, spent 17 days in late February and
early March 2005 on a grand adventure to southern India. Where else would the owner of Indian Ocean Books, Maps and Prints go?

Roy Bridges continues his term as President of the Hakluyt Society. He reports that he presented a paper entitled “The Art of James Augustus Grant on the Nile Expedition of 1860-63” at the Art and Exploration Conference held at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London in July 2004. Grant’s work represents the first ever visual record of large parts of eastern Africa. 

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