Call No. [Page No.]: DU780 .K23 [p. 42]
Publisher: London : Printed for G. Nicol, 1788.
Document Type: Rare book
Category: Pacific Collection
Location: Pacific Rare
Full title: "An account of the Pelew Islands, situated in the western part of the Pacific Ocean / composed from the journals and communications of Captain Henry Wilson and some of his officers who, in August 1783, were there shipwrecked in the Antelope, a packet belonging to the honourable East India Company, By George Keate." In 1783 the ship Antelope was wrecked on the reefs off Palau. Captain Henry Wilson and his men, with the help of Palauans, built a schooner and returned to England. George Keate's account of the sailors' adventures in Palau became extremely popular and realized five editions from the original publisher. It was translated into French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Italian, and in 1966 into Palauan. This engraving from a portrait by the ship's artist, Arthur William Devis, shows Abba Thulle (Ibedul), high chief of Palau. Ibedul sent his son, Lee Boo, to England with Wilson; however, the young Palauan died of smallpox six months after his arrival.
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