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Sir Joseph Banks, Iceland and the North Atlantic 1772-1820 free pdf Sir Joseph Banks was one of the great figures of Georgian England, best known for participating as naturalist in Cook's Endeavour voyage (1768-71), as a patron of science and as the longest-serving President of the Royal Society (1778-1820). This volume brings together all Banks' papers concerning Iceland and the North Atlantic, scattered in repositories in Britain, the United States, Australia and Denmark, and most published here for the first time. A detailed introduction places them in historical context. Banks' connection with Iceland began in 1772 when he led the first British scientific expedition to a country which in his opinion had seldom been visited and never 'by any good naturalist', volcanoes being the main attraction. They sailed by way of the Western Isles, famously using the opportunity to examine Staffa and 'Fingal's Cave'. He then spent six weeks in Iceland, measuring the exact heights of the eruptions of Geysir, 'this Volcano of Water', climbing Mount Hekla, and using every opportunity to collect botanical specimens, minerals, Icelandic dress, manuscripts and books now preserved in the British Library. Recognized as the leading British authority on Iceland, during the Napoleonic Wars Banks assumed a crucial political role as self-appointed protector of Iceland, becoming the architect of British policies towards the island, then a dependency of enemy Denmark. The texts published here include the journal Banks kept while in Iceland, also that of his servant James Roberts. In addition there are some 300 documents, including memoranda drawn up by Banks and correspondence with Icelanders, merchants, prisoners-of-war, revolutionaries, men of science and statesmen. This material sheds light on the plight of Iceland, the Faroes and Greenland, cut off from their mother country by the Royal Navy, and on the 'Icelandic Revolution' of 1809, when Iceland was proclaimed an independent country under the protection of Britain. Banks the imperialist appears too, repeatedly urging the annexation of Iceland, which he believed would add greatly to the prestige of the British Crown. This volume has been completed in close co-operation with The Banks Archive Project, which aims to edit and publish all extant papers of Sir Joseph Banks, which were scattered around the world following his death in 1820.

About Anna Agnarsdottir

Anna Agnarsdottir is Professor of History at the University of Iceland. She was the President of the Historical Society in Iceland 2005-2011, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities 2002-2004, a member of the University Senate 2008-2012, and most recently Director of the Institute of History 2012-2015. She is a member of the Societas scientiarum Islandica, a Trustee of The Banks Archive Project and a national representative for The Hakluyt Society.

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Author : Anna Agnarsdottir
Publisher : Hakluyt Society
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ISBN : 1908145145
EAN : 9781908145147
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