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A Voyage to New Guinea and the Moluccas, from Balambangan

A Voyage to New Guinea and the Moluccas, from Balambangan
Including an Account of Magindano, Sooloo, and Other Islands


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Maritime Exploration

  • Publication planned for: April 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2018
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108082846

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  • In 1770, Thomas Forrest (c.1729–c.1802) was involved in establishing a new free port at Balambangan, Malaysia, which would improve the British East India Company's trade routes eastwards. In 1774 he agreed to lead an expedition on the Company's behalf to find out more about the waters between Malaysia and New Guinea. This 1779 publication (reissued in the Dublin edition) tells the story of Forrest's fifteen-month voyage in a small local vessel crewed by Malaysians, exploring the archipelago between the Philippines and present-day Indonesia. A French translation appeared in 1780, and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt referred to the book fifty years later. Forrest describes the islands, their populations, and their vegetation, including different spices. He discusses relations between local rulers, and the rivalries between the British and the Dutch, particularly as regards control of the spice trade. The book also contains a substantial vocabulary of the Maguindanao language.

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    • Publication planned for: April 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108082846
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2018
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Intention of the voyage
    2. Departure from Balambangan
    3. Account of the island of Gilolo
    4. Tuan Hadjee returns on board
    5. Sent a boat to the island Salwatty
    6. The Batchian officers refuse to proceed to New Guinea
    7. Description of the north coast of Waygiou
    8. Arrival of the Banguey Corocoro
    9. Departure from Dory harbour
    10. Departure from Bo
    11. Departure from Ef-be harbour
    12. Departure from Leron
    Part II:
    1. Of the island Magindano
    2. Geographical sketches of places on the banks of the rivers Pelangy and Tamantakka
    3. Description of the coast of Magindano
    4. The history of Magindano
    5. Arrival at Coto Intang
    6. Account of Subudan Watamama
    7. Celebration of a festival at the sultan's palace
    8. The island Bunwoot is granted to the English
    9. Description of the coast of Magindano south of the bar
    10. Of the great Lano or lake
    11. Sent the galley to Bunwoot to be repaired
    12. Ask leave to depart from Magindano
    13. Account of the islands Sangir
    14. Of the island Sooloo
    15. An account of the cinnamon tree in Ceylon
    16. Sail for Kamaladan harbour
    17. On the north part of Borneo
    18. Directions for sailing down the north-west cost of Borneo
    A vocabulary of the Magindano tongue.

  • Author

    Thomas Forrest

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