Johann Reinhold Forster and his son Georg took part in Captain Cook’s second expedition with the task of drawing up a report of the voyage to be published on his return to make the scientific results known; however, due to disagreements with the captain and the Earl of Sandwich, the main financier of the voyage, they lost the publication rights. Georg Forster, then, in 1777 printed A Voyage round the World in His Britannic Majesty’s Sloop Resolution, Commanded by Capt. James Cook, during the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775, an unofficial report of the voyage written in English. The work was highly appreciated, from a literary and scientific point of view, for its particular focus on ethnographic and anthropological aspects.
Project: 9. Travels and travelers: economic, social and cultural connections.
Scope: Secondary Education, Higher Education
Resource type: Document
Owner: Manuela Ghizzoni (Modernalia)
Copyright: Wellcome Library
Abstract: The second expedition of Captain Cook (1772-1775), who sailed the Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Antarctic Sea, narrated by Georg Forster