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Archer, Edward R. (fl. 1830-1917) [Notes on a voyage to the East Indies]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01896.157 Author/Creator: Archer, Edward R. (fl. 1830-1917) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph manuscript signed Date: 1 March 1860 to 8 August 1860 Pagination: 67 p. ; 34 x 21 cm.

Summary of Content: Written at sea and various ports. Full title: "Notes on a voyage to the East Indies. U. S. Steamer 'Powhatan' during the years 1857, 8, 9, & 60, Continued from Vol. 1st 29th Feby." Tan calf spine and corners, green marbled boards, rose-coloured "sponge effect" end papers. "These notes were made generally around 8 o'clock pm." Gives detailed description of the voyage home from Asia, including stops at: Honolulu, where he met King Kamehameha IV; Mare Island California; San Francisco, California; Panama; Valparaiso, Chile; around Cape Horn, Rio de Janeiro; and finally home to the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

People: Archer, Edward Richard, 1834-1918

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Soldier's DiaryNavyMilitary HistorySteamboatAsiaMaritimeAmerican WestLatin and South AmericaTravelGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

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