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JOINT EVENT: Mapping of the North Pacific before the Voyages of James Cook

  • 19 Nov 2020
  • 4:00 PM

In partnership with the Washington Map Society, CMS invites you to attend our next virtual lecture:


Title: Northern Seas: The Mapping of the North Pacific before the Voyages of James Cook.
Speaker: Katherine Parker, Research Officer for Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps, and Chair, WMS Walter W. Ristow Prize.

Before Cook’s third voyage in search of the Northwest Passage (1776-1780), few European ships had sailed north of the traditional Spanish galleon route; those that had were sparsely reported, as in the case of Bering’s Kamchatka expeditions, or dubiously reported, as in the case of the apocryphal Admiral de la Fonte. This presentation will focus on the geographic discourse about the North Pacific prior to Cook’s third voyage, with an especial emphasis on the period 1670-1776. Katie will also provide a short overview of the new map history network H-Maps, an international digital forum sponsored by the International Society for the History of the Map.

Bio: Katie is currently serving as the Chair of the Washington Map Society’s Walter W. Ristow Prize. She is also Associate Editor of the Hakluyt Society and Book Reviews Editor for the H-Maps Network. As a Ph.D. graduate in history from the University of Pittsburgh, her research interests focus on the intellectual and cultural history of Pacific exploration and early modern print culture with an emphasis on Britain. She is also interested in the history of the book, history of cartography, Pacific studies and history, British history, imperial history, and naval history, all within transnational frameworks.

Click HERE for an image of one of the maps to be discussed.

Location: Zoom, 7:00 PM Eastern  /  4:00 PM Pacific

RSVP to John Docktor at washmap (at) in order to receive the meeting ID and passcode.

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