The Trial of the Cannibal Dog. The Remarkable Story of Captain Cook's Encounters in the South Seas.
by Salmond, Anne.
Yale University Press,
A Fine tight unread copy in a Fine bright dust jacket. This well-researched history retells the story of Captain Cook’s great voyages in the South Seas, focusing on the encounters between the explorers and the island peoples they “discovered.” While Cook and his men were initially confounded by the Polynesians, they were also curious. Cook and his crew soon formed friendships?and often more intimate relationships?with the islanders. The islanders, who initially were not certain if the Englishmen were even human, came to experiment with Western customs and in some cases joined the voyagers on their expeditions. Shipboard discipline was threatened by these new relationships, and the culture of the islands was also changed forever. Captain Cook, initially determined to act as an enlightened leader, saw his resolve falter during the third voyage. Amicable relations turned hostile, culminating in Cook’s violent death on the shores of Hawaii.
Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition
Book Id: 26150