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A Voyage round the World, in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV
Compiled from Papers and Other Materials of the Right Honourable George Lord Anson, and Published under his Direction, by Richard Walter, Chaplain to his Majesty's Ship the Centurion


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  • Date Published: October 2014
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108074995

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  • Compiled by the naval chaplain Richard Walter (1717–85), though the extent of his editorial contribution is not certain, this 1748 publication documents the extraordinary circumnavigation accomplished by the British naval officer George Anson (1697–1762) between 1740 and 1744. During the Anglo-Spanish conflict which Thomas Carlyle later described as the War of Jenkins' Ear, Anson was chosen to command a squadron to raid and plunder the Pacific coast of South America. After a delayed departure, the expedition struggled with terrible weather, rough seas and outbreaks of scurvy as it rounded Cape Horn. Hundreds of men were lost and eventually only the warship Centurion remained, badly battered and undermanned. Despite the disaster, the expedition became famous for its capture in 1743 of a Spanish treasure galleon laden with silver. Anson won much acclaim for this feat, and he entered into politics. This account, meanwhile, became a bestseller.

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    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108074995
    • length: 590 pages
    • dimensions: 297 x 210 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.4kg
    • contains: 32 b/w illus. 10 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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    Book I:
    1. Of the equipment of the squadron: the incidents relating thereto, from its first appointment to its setting sail from St Helens
    2. The passage from St Helens to the island of Madera, with a short account of that island, and of our stay there
    3. The history of the squadron commanded by Don Joseph Pizarro
    4. From Madera to St Catherine's
    5. Proceedings at St Catherine's, and a description of the place, with a short account of Brazil
    6. The run from St Catherine's to port St Julian, with some account of that port, and of the country to the southward of the river of Plate
    7. Departure from the bay of St Julian, and the passage from thence to Streights Le Maire to Cape Noir
    8. From Streights Le Maire to Cape Noir
    9. Observations for facilitating the passage of our future cruisers round Cape Horn
    10. From Cape Noir to the island of Juan Fernandes
    Book II:
    1. The arrival of the Centurion at the island of Juan Fernandes with a description of that island
    2. The arrival of the Gloucester and the Anna Pink at the island of Juan Fernandes, and the transactions at that place during this interval
    3. A short narrative of what befel the Anna Pink before she joined us, with an account of the loss of the Wager, and of the putting back of the Severn and Pearl, the two remaining ships of the squadron
    4. Conclusion of our proceedings at Juan Fernandes, to the taking of the town of Paita
    5. Our cruise from the time of our leaving Juan Fernandes, to the taking of the town of Paita
    6. The taking of Paita and our proceedings till we left the coast of Peru
    7. From our departure from Paita, to our arrival at Quibo
    8. Our proceedings at Quibo, with an account of the place
    9. From Quibo to the coast of Mexico
    10. An account of the commerce carried on between the city of Manila on the island of Luconia, and the port of Acapulco on the coast of Mexico
    11. Our cruise off the port of Acapulco for the Manila ship
    12. Description of the harbour of Chequetan, and of the adjacent coast and country
    13. Our proceedings at Chequetan and on the adjacent coast, till our setting sail for Asia
    14. A brief account of what might have been expected from our squadron, had it arrived in the South-Seas in good time
    Book III:
    1. The run from the coast of Mexico to the Ladrones or Marian Islands
    2. Our arrival at Tinian, and an account of the island, and of our proceedings there, till the Centurion drove out to sea
    3. Transactions at Tinian after the departure of the Centurion
    4. Proceedings on board the Centurion, when driven out to sea
    5. Employment at Tinian, till the final departure of the Centurion from thence, with a description of the Ladrones
    6. From Tinian to Macao
    7. Proceedings at Macao
    8. From Macao to Cape Espiritu Santo: the taking of the Manila galeon, and returning back again
    9. Transactions in the river of Canton
    10. Proceedings at the city of Canton, and the return of the Centurion to England.

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