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Sailors and Traders: A Maritime History of the Pacific Peoples

Alastair Couper


This is the first comprehensive account of the maritime peoples of the Pacific Islands. It focuses on the sailors who led the exploration and settlement of the islands and New Zealand and their seagoing descendants, providing new material and unique observations on traditional and commercial seafaring against the background of major periods in Pacific history. The book begins by detailing the traditions of sailors, a group whose way of life sets them apart. Pacific mariners face the challenges of an often harsh environment, endure separation from their families for months at a time, revere the ... More

Keywords: sailors, Pacific Islands, seagoing, seafaring, commercial trading, whaling ships, colonialism, interisland shipping, Pacific Forum Line, foreign ships

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832391
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832391.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alastair Couper, author
Greenwich Maritime Institute