Charles Wilkes


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Noun1.Charles Wilkes - United States explorer of Antarctica (1798-1877)Charles Wilkes - United States explorer of Antarctica (1798-1877)
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1840 Captain Charles Wilkes discovered the coast of Antarctica.
Exploring Expedition, commanded by Charles Wilkes, had returned two years previously from its three-year, ten-month, government-sponsored "surveying and exploring expedition to the Pacific Ocean and South seas." (5) The Wilkes Expedition was dispatched to satisfy "an ever increasing demand on the part of American commercial interests for better and fuller information concerning those remote and poorly charted regions." (6) As with Fremont's expedition, Wilkes was also able to assist in the exploration of the Pacific Northwest expedition.
Presented in this volume are twelve biographies of men who built up America's overseas territories: Charles Wilkes, Richard W.
Under Charles Wilkes and Maury, it quickly moved beyond this restricted use to extend its work to geomagnetic, astronomical, and meteorological observations that soon brought it into the forefront of scientific research, bringing global credit to the U.S.
When Lieutenant Charles Wilkes set out as the head of the four-year "America's first ocean-going voyage of discovery" in 1838, his mandate was to see if a continent existed at the South Pole (yes--Antarctica), to survey and map unclaimed islands and the mouth of the Columbia River, and to collect specimens of all kinds.
On the one hand, we have Henry Morton Stanley (page 34), whose place in the history books is well established, on the other, Charles Wilkes (page 64), whose name is all but forgotten.
This particular Smithsonian project involves digitally preserving the complete record of The United States Exploring Expedition (USEE) of 1838 to 1842, under the command of Charles Wilkes, the first federally funded mission of exploration in American history.
Charles Wilkes (1798-1877) was appointed midshipman a year before Ringgold in 1818 and lieutenant two years before Ringgold in 1826.
In 1840 and 1841, there were expeditions led by Dumont d'Urville from France, Charles Wilkes from the United States, and James Clark Ross from Great Britain.
In 1838 navy lieutenant Charles Wilkes commanded the first U.S.
Charles Wilkes laid claim to a portion of the continent of Antarctica for the U.S.
Morgan, William James, et al., eds., Autobiography of Rear Admiral Charles Wilkes, U.S.