The Race to the White Continent: Voyages to the Antarctic (Paperback)

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A fascinating account of the early days of Antarctic exploration from an expert storyteller.

In the 1830s, the forbidding Antarctic region represented the ultimate mystery. The prospect of discovering a lucrative whaling ground made this uncharted and untapped region especially enticing. Three expeditions to the pole were launched simultaneously by the United States, France, and Britain, each vying to be the first to venture farther south than any vessel had ever sailed before. These expeditions paved the way for the explorers, traders, and whalers of what was to become known as the "Heroic Age" of Antarctic exploration. The Race to the White Continent is a captivating account of their adventures.

About the Author

Alan Gurney was a former yacht designer and photographer. His books include Compass, The Race to the White Continent, and Below the Convergence: Voyages Toward Antarctica: 1699–1839.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393323214
ISBN-10: 0393323218
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: June 17th, 2002
Pages: 334
Language: English