Claiborne, United States Exploring Expedition
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- ReferenceGB 15 Micajah Claiborne/United States Exploring Expedition
- Dates of Creation19 August 1848 to 23 March 1842
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- Physical Description2 journals The journals are on microfilm.
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Administrative / Biographical History
The United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 (Senior commander Charles Wilkes) undertook a major exploration of the southern oceans including the Polar Regions. Upon reaching Tierra del Fuego the squadron divided. Porpoise and Sea Gull sailed to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsular. Following work in the Pacific ocean the vassals returned to the Antarctic sailing along the west coast of Wilkes Land, visiting Macquarie Island and searched for the non existent 'Emerald Island'. Relief, the expedition store ship was sent home when it became clear she was unfit for the rough seas of the southern oceans. The expedition was the first to delineate a substantial length of the Antarctic coastline; enough to establish that there was a landmass of continental size behind it. The published charts of the expedition were the earliest to use the term Antarctic Continent.
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These journals are copies.
The original journals are held by United States National Archive, Washington, U.S.A. (1982)