The Great United States Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842

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Work discusses the history of the Wilkes Expedition, from its conception until its end. Work also gives biographical information on persons related to this venture, including Charles Wilkes, James Dwight Dana, Joel Poinsett, Joseph Smith, Titian Ramsay Peale, Joseph Henry, Jeremiah N. Reynolds, William Reynolds, Charles Pickering, and William Leverreth Hudson.


  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Varden, John c. 1790-1865
  • Poinsett, Joel Roberts 1779-1851
  • Wilkes, Charles 1798-1877
  • Hudson, William Leverreth
  • Reynolds, William b. 1815
  • Pickering, Charles
  • Reynolds, J. N (Jeremiah N.) 1799-1858
  • Peale, Titian Ramsay
  • Smith, Joseph 1805-1844
  • Dana, James Dwight
  • National Institute
  • National Institution for the Promotion of Science
  • United States National Herbarium
  • United States Dept. of the Navy
  • United States Congress
  • United States Exploring Expedition (USEE)


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