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A Narrative of Voyages and Travels in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres Comprising Three Voyages Around the World

Date: 1817
Dimensions:
Overall: 228 × 145 × 38 mm, 0.9 kg
Medium: Printed
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Books and journals
Object Name: Book
Object No: 00001361
Place Manufactured:Boston

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    Description
    A book by Capatin Amasa Delano titled 'A Narrative of Voyages and Travels, in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres: Comprising Three Voyages Round the World; Together with a Voyage of Survey and Discovery, in the Pacific Ocean and Oriental Islands'.

    SignificanceDelano's book records very detailed observations of life aboard a ship at that time also of the settlements and colonies he stopped at throughout. His account of the mutiny on the TRYAL and the role he played was the basis for Herman Melville’s fictional account of the same event, 'Benito Cereno'.
    HistoryCaptain Amasa Delano was a New Englander. He served in the American Revolution as a soldier at 15 and later as a privateersman. His experiences on the sea in the days of New England's supremacy are recorded in his book while he travelled on various ships including the MASSACHUSETTS and the PERSERVERANCE.
    Of particular note is Chapter 18 where he recounts the events and subsequent outcomes onboard the Spanish slave ship the TRYAL. Herman Melville recounted the same story in his story 'Benito Cereno', based on Delano's recollections and included both Delano and the TRYAL's captain, Cereno, as his main characters.

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: A Narrative of Voyages and Travels in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres Comprising Three Voyages Around the World

    Web title: Delano's voyages and travels

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