Terrae Incognitae

The Journal for the History of Discoveries

Contents of Vol 41, 2009



Gary Davis is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Minnesota, whose particular interests lie in the field of transportation safety and management.  An earlier version of his paper was presented to the annual SHD meeting in 2008.

Gabriel Hill is a graduate student in medieval history at the University of Minnesota.  The essay included here was one of the winners of the Carol Urness Student Writing Award for 2008, offered by the Associates of the James Ford Bell Library, and winner of the 2008 SHD Prize essay contest.

Amara L. Solari specializes in the art and cultural production of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and early colonial Mexico. She is currently working on a book length project, investigating the ways in which Maya conceptions of space and their associated visual culture affected cultural identities and religious practices in early colonial Yucatán. [Art Department, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-3701, ]

Gary A. Davis David Thompson and the Source of the Mississippi

Gabriel Hill French Merchants and Missionaries on the Early Modern Slave Coast
Amara L. Solari The Relación Geográfica Map of Tabasco: Hybrid Cartography and Integrative Knowledge Systems in Sixteenth-century New Spain

Current Bibliography

Kevin Mummey

Recent Literature in Discovery History

Book Reviews

Jeremy Atiyah

The Great Land:  How Western America Nearly Became a Russian Possession
Reviewed by Phyllis Whitman Hunter

David Attenborough; Anna Pavord; Sandra Knapp; and Tony Rice
Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery; The Naming of Names:  the Search for Order in the World of Plants; Plant Discoveries:  A Botanist’s Voyage through Plant Exploration; and Voyages of Discovery:  A Visual Celebration of Ten of the Greatest Natural History Expeditions
Reviewed by David Buisseret

Stephanie Barczewski Antarctic Destinies: Scott, Shackleton and the Changing Face of Heroism
Reviewed by Roger Balm

Barbara Belyea Dark Storm Moving West
Reviewed by Dee Longenbaugh

Stephen R. Bown Madness, Betrayal and the Lash:  The epic voyage of Captain George Vancouver
Reviewed by Roy Schreiber

Captain Cook Memorial Museum, pub. Smoking Coasts and Ice-Bound Seas:  Cook’s Voyage to the Arctic.  Catalogue to the Exhibition at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Reviewed by Ryan Jones

Daniel Castro Another Face of Empire:  Bartholomé de Las Casas, Indigenous Rights, and Ecclesiastical Imperialism
Reviewed by Russell Magnaghi

Paul D’Arcy Peoples of the Pacific:  the History of Oceania to 1870.
Reviewed by Rodrige Lévesque

John DunmoreWhere Fate Beckons: The Life of Jean-Françoice de La Pérouse
Reviewed by Roy Schreiber

David Hackett FischerChamplain’s Dream
Reviewed by David Buisseret

Richard FlintNo Settlement, No Conquest:  A History of the Coronado Entrada
Reviewed by Paul Mathias

Vladimir GuerreroThe Anza Trail and the Settling of California
Reviewed by Paula Rebert

John W. HesslerThe Naming of America:  Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 World Map and the Cosmographiae Introductio
Reviewed by Ian Aebel

Reginald HorsmanFeast or Famine:  Food and Drink in American Westward Expansion
Reviewed by George Ritzlin

Christian JacobThe Sovereign Map:  Theoretical Approaches to Cartography throughout History. Translated by Tom Conley
Reviewed by Eric Tagliacozzo

Richard Lansdown, ed.; Max Quanchi and John RobsonStrangers in the South Seas: The Idea of the Pacific in Western Thought; Historical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of the Pacific Islands
Reviewed by Jon Carlson

John Sutton Lutz, ed.Myth and Memory:  Stories of Indigenous-European Contact
Reviewed by Barry Gough

Peter C. MancallHakluyt’s Promise:  An Elizabethan Obsession for an English America
Reviewed by Loren E. Pennington

Peter Mancall, ed.The Atlantic World and Virginia, 1550-1624
Reviewed by Ron Schultz

Alfred S. McLarenUnknown Waters:  A Firsthand Account of the Historic Under-Ice Survey of the Siberian Continental Shelf by USS Queenfish (SSN-651)
Reviewed by Ryan M. Seidemann

Gonzalo Fernández de OviedoWriting from the Edge of the World:  Memoirs of Darién. Trans. G. F. Dille
Reviewed by Ronald H. Fritze

Clare PettittDr. Livingstone, I Presume? Missionaries, Journalists, Explorers, and Empire
Reviewed by Laura Ammon

Russell A. PotterArctic Spectacles: The Frozen North in Visual Culture
Reviewed by Anthony Brandt
Tony ReesArc of the Medicine Line:  Mapping the World’s Longest Undefended Border Across the Western Plains
Reviewed by Paula Rebert
Helen M. RazwadowskiFathoming the Ocean: The Discovery and Exploration of the Deep Sea
Reviewed by Douglas T. Peck
Helen C. Rountree, Wayne E. Clark, and Kent MontfordJohn Smith’s Chesapeake voyages 1607-1609
Reviewed by Robert Gordon
Martin W. SandlerResolute: The Epic Search for the Northwest Passage and John Franklin, and the Discovery of the Queen’s Ghost Ship
Reviewed by Ryan M. Seidemann
Donald G. ShometteShipwrecks, Sea Raiders and Maritime Disasters along the Delmarva coast, 1632-2004
Reviewed by B. R. Burg
G. Rex Smith, ed. and trans.A Traveller in Thirteenth-Century Arabia:  Ibn Al-Mujāwir’s Tārīkh Al-Mustabsir
Reviewed by Ronald H. Fritze
Georg Wilhelm StellerSteller’s History of Kamchatka:  Collecte Information Concerning the History of Kamchatka…. Edited by Marvin W. Falk; trans. by Margritt Engel and Karen Willmore
Reviewed by Carol Urness
Soren ThirslundViking Navigation
Reviewed by Arne B. Molander
Ralph H. Vigil, Francis W. Kaye, and John Wunder, eds.Spain and the Plains.  Myths and Realities of Spanish Exploration and Settlement on the Great Plains
Reviewed by Dennis Reinhartz
Nicolás Wey GómezThe Tropics of Empire:  Why Columbus Sailed South to the Indies
Reviewed by Martin Torodash
Pam Wheat-StranahanLa Salle in Texas:  a Teacher’s Guide for the Age of Discovery and Exploration
Reviewed by Gil Muller

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