UoP History Webinar - The Maps of the Narbourgh Expedition (1669-1671)

UoP History Webinar  The Maps of the Narbourgh Expedition 16691671

  • 10 February 2021
  • 13:30 - 14:30
  • FREE
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Join us for a research paper by Katherine Parker (QMUL) 'Charting and Printing the Straits: The maps of the Narbourgh expedition (1669-1671)

UoP History Webinar - The maps of the Narbourgh Expedition (1669-1671)

Join us for a research paper by Katherine Parker (QMUL) 'Charting and Printing the Straits: The Maps of the Narbourgh Expedition (1669-1671)."

In the long eighteenth-century, exploration changed pointedly in its cultural meanings from an activity linked to corporate or state reconnaissance to a supposedly universally-beneficial search for knowledge, as Adriana Craciun and Marie Noelle Bourguet have explained. What did not change, although the objects themselves shifted significantly in execution, appearance, and content, was the importance of maps and charts to the exploratory process. This paper will trace the use of cartography in the Narbrough expedition to Valdivia, Chile through the Straights of Magellan in 1669-1671. Narbrough provides an important case study in mapping the Pacific and also marks an important point in the history of Pacific exploration in that it was the first Admiralty-sponsored voyage to the South Seas. From their role in the planning of the expedition, to the use of map and charts while sailing, to the production of new charts while on the expedition and after, this paper will seek to interrogate the role of cartography in a significant, if understudied, voyage. While Narbrough may not be a household name today, he was an important source for later navigators including George Anson and James Cook. His use, production, and display of charts also allows a glimpse into the politicization of exploration, with changes in cartographic objects impacted by changes in patronage, as well as domestic and international affairs.

All are welcome to join us for Katherine's paper and discussion afterwards. Please register for the event below. The webinar link will be available on the online event page and we will also email it to you before the event.

If you have any questions please contact Maria Cannon (maria.cannon@port.ac.uk) or Rob James (robert.james@port.ac.uk)

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