Sir John Barrow (1764a1848) was a distinguished British government servant whose diplomatic career took him to China and Africa, and who in forty years as Secretary to the Admiralty was responsible for promoting Arctic and Antarctic exploration, including the voyages of Sir John Ross, Sir William Parry, Sir James Clark Ross and Sir John Franklin. This account of his time in Southern Africa was published in 1801, with a second volume following in 1804. Barrow's exploration of the Cape Colony in 1797a8 coincided with the imposition of British control in 1795 on a former Dutch colony, making this work an important source about this transitional period. Volume 2 takes a political focus, and elaborates Barrow's belief that the Cape of Good Hope could serve the commercial interests of the growing British empire in the east; he also discusses the strategic advantages of stationing troops along the Cape.... bounty and, if wholly unsuccessful, the same ship can make a second voyage the same year to some of the ports of the Baltic. ... from duty of all the produce of the sisheries, and particularly sparmaceti, which, if manusactured into candles, and subject only to the same ... exceed gopool. a year, would be adequate encouragement to supply the home market with spermaceti and black whale oil, and thatanbsp;...
|Title||:||An Account of Travels Into the Interior of Southern Africa, in the Years 1797 and 1798|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press - 2011-05|