On June 16, 1774, James Cook became the first European to catch sight of a tiny coral island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Navigators from Samoa and Tonga had settled Niue, as the island is known today, as early as 900 CE. Cook attempted to land in Niue no fewer than three times,… MORE
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During the eighteenth century, maritime culture throughout the Atlantic world was pulsating. Unlike the nineteenth century, in which men increasingly turned attention Westward during the expansion of the United States, men of the eighteenth century went to sea in substantial numbers. Historian Daniel Vickers asserts that unlike popular memorys image of mid-nineteenth century seamen who… MORE
On January 28, 1985, in a fit of pique, Cyndi Lauper declared, “That’s right! Ain’t what we’re doing trying to unite the world?” Lauper’s comment was a direct response to a creative dispute taking place in a Los Angeles music studio where such prominent and diverse musicians as Willie Nelson, Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, and… MORE
Instead, we focus on two trans-Pacific trade routes in the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries: the galleon trade between Manila and Acapulco and maritime fur trade between the Pacific Northwest and China. These trade routes moved goods, but also peoples, cultures, and ideas across and throughout the Pacific.