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Nights of StorytellingA Cultural History of Kanaky-New Caledonia$
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Raylene Ramsay

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832223

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832223.001.0001

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The Forsters

The Forsters

Cook’s Philosophers Abroad

(p.97) Chapter Six The Forsters
Nights of Storytelling
Raylene Ramsay
University of Hawai'i Press

J. R. Forster, the naturalist on board the Resolution, was an Enlightenment polymath of extremely wide-ranging interests. His writing covered numerous topics, his training several disciplines. A linguist, he was familiar with philosophically informed travel writing, having translated several travel accounts, including those of Bougainville and of pupils of Linnaeus. A fellow of the Royal Society, Forster also had a reputation for being a difficult character to deal with. Forster was accompanied by son Georg, who seems to have been a brilliant and precocious scholar. Upon returning to England, Georg published his two-volume Voyage round the World in 1777. This chapter presents extracts from this publication, specifically Foster's descriptions of Kanak women, the temperament of the people, the pig incident involving Captain Cook, and Kanak systems of government.

Keywords:   Georg Foster, J. R. Foster, James Cook, New Caledonia, Kanak women, Kanak government

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