Initial Visions of Paradise: Antebellum U.S. Government Documents on the South Pacific

  title={Initial Visions of Paradise: Antebellum U.S. Government Documents on the South Pacific},
  author={Bert Chapman},
  journal={Journal of Government Information},
  • B. Chapman
  • Published 2004
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Government Information
Abstract During the first half of the 19th century, the United States grew from a nation confined to the Atlantic seaboard to a country on the verge of becoming a global power. One factor prompting this growth was the United States' growing intellectual, economic, and strategic interests in the Pacific Ocean. These growing interests were fueled by the material contained in governmental reports produced by entities such as the U.S. Exploring Expedition (1838–1842). This article examines U.S… 
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