Vitus Bering (Select bibliographies reprint series)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. BERING'S PLANS FOB. A SECOND EXPEDITION. -- THE GREATEST GEOGRAPHICAL ENTERPRISE EVER UNDERTAKEN. A ROTIC exploration has a bewitching power over its -*--*- devotees. Bering and his companions did not escape the enchantment. Hardly had they returned from a five years' sojourn in the extremest corner of the world, when they declared themselves willing to start out again. As they had met with so much doubt and opposition from scholars,--had learned that the world's youngest marine lacked the courage to recognize its own contributions to science, and, furthermore, as the Admiralty thought it had given strong reasons for doubting Bering's results,* he proposed to make his future explorations on a larger scale and remove all doubt, by charting the whole of this disputed part of the globe. April 30, 1730, only two months after his return, he presented two plans to the Admiralty. These have been found and published by Berch, and are of the greatest importance in judging of Bering's true relation to the Great Northern Expedition. In the first of these propositions he sets forth a series of suggestions for the administration of East Siberia, and for a better utilization of its resources. He desired, among other things, missionary work among the Yakuts, better discipline among the East Siberian Cossacks, more honesty among the yassak-collectors, the opening of iron mines at Okhotsk and Udinsk, and various other things. But it was never his intention to carry out these propositions himself, and it was a great mistake for the government to burden his instructions with such purely administrative work. * Note 39. * Note 40. His second proposition is incomparably more interesting. In this he indicates the general outline of his Great...

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