Georg Forster in Vilnius: Reverberations of the great age of ocean navigation

  title={Georg Forster in Vilnius: Reverberations of the great age of ocean navigation},
  author={Dalia {\vS}vambarytė},
Vilnius University  This article discusses the contribution to the studies of the ‘Eastern’ and ‘Southern’ lands in the 18th century by naturalist, travel writer, and ethnologist George Forster, who had accompanied his father, Johann Reinhold Forster, on Captain James Cook’s expedition of 1772–5 to circumnavigate the globe and who was a professor of natural history at Vilnius University from 1784 to 1787. The paper presents the background of European long-distance navigation, examines Forster’s… 
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