Map of Fiji and the South Pacific

Map produced by the U.S. Exploring Expedition. The shoals of the South Pacific, especially around Fiji, were highly valuable to whalers but extremely dangerous to ships due to their shallow depths and jagged reefs. Accurate charts of the South Seas were incomplete. Shipwrecks were common. For the American whaling industry, mapping this area was the expedition’s most useful achievement.

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Map produced by the U.S. Exploring Expedition.
Type: Map
Credit: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Origin: Smithsonian Institution
SIL19-06-017
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Map produced by the U.S. Exploring Expedition.