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In 1759, David Crantz (or Cranz) was sent to Greenland for a year by the Moravian Church. Writing in German, Crantz (1723–77) published in 1765 his detailed observations on the country, its people and their way of life, including a history of the Moravian mission there. This English translation appeared in two volumes in 1820, prepared by staff at the Fulneck School in West Yorkshire, where a Moravian community existed. The text is illustrated with several engravings that depict landscapes as well as kayaks, weapons and tools used by the Greenlanders, providing a valuable visual record of eighteenth-century life among the native population. Volume 1 is primarily concerned with the geography of Greenland, the local weather patterns, and flora and fauna, as well as the attitudes, traditions, social habits and hierarchies of the people of Greenland.
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- Date Published: May 2014
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108071055
- length: 390 pages
- dimensions: 215 x 140 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.51kg
- contains: 5 b/w illus. 2 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Of the country in general
2. The sea and ice
3. Of the air and seasons
4. Rocks and minerals
5. Vegetable productions
1. Land animals, land and sea fowls
3. Cetaceous order of animals
1. Figure and manner of life of the Greenlanders
2. Conduct of the Greenlanders in their domestic concerns
3. Social habits
4. Morality of the Greenlanders
5. Religion or superstition of the Greenlanders
6. Sciences of the Greenlanders
1. History of old Greenland
2. Account of the mission at Godhaab
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