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Sea of Glory by Nathaniel Philbrick

Book cover for Sea of Glory
Book cover for Sea of Glory
America's first frontier was not the West; it was the sea. This is an epic sea adventure about one of the most ambitious voyages of discovery the Western world has ever seen, the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838 - 1842. On a scale that dwarfed the journey of Lewis and Clark, six magnificent sailing vessels and a crew of hundreds set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean and ended up naming the newly discovered continent of Antarctica, collecting what would become the basis of the Smithsonian Institution, and much more.