Request from CNRS
I am currently developing a paper on the experience of James Cook in Newfoundland from 1762 to 1767, which I hope to propose for, and present at, the Seventh International Congress of Maritime History in Perth/Fremantle, Australia in June 2016. The paper will expand on the contention made by John Robson in _Captain Cook's War & Peace: The Royal Navy Years 1755-1768_ (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press; Barnsley, South Yorks.: Seaforth Publishing; Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2009) that Cook’s career in the Pacific (which for much of the rest of the world is the only James Cook there is) cannot be understood without reference to his accomplishments during the years that he served in the Royal Navy in North America. Those years were critical to his training as a navigator, a cartographer, and as a commander.
I believe that such a paper would benefit considerably if it were part of a session which looked at other individuals (Tasman, La Pérouse, Bougainville, and many others) *before* they became prominent for their voyages of exploration and discovery in the Pacific. Were there experiences, personalities, and values that were common to them all and which were critical in shaping their later success as explorers of the Pacific?
I therefore invite anyone who is working on such a theme, and who is interested in attending and presenting at ICMH7, to get in touch with me, with the idea of organizing a session around the tentative theme (subject to subsequent revision and refinement), “Before the Pacific: Critical Factors in the Making of an Explorer”. As is the case with most conferences, the program committee is more likely to respond favorably to a proposal for a session than for individual papers.
If you, a colleague, or a student is interested, please contact me by email at: email@example.com. Thank you.
Prof. Olaf U. Janzen, PhD, FRHistS Historical Studies program Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland 20 University Drive Corner Brook, NL Canada A2H 5G4
Tel: (709) 637-6282 Fax: (709) 639-8125