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The Multifarious Mr. BanksFrom Botany Bay to Kew, The Natural Historian Who Shaped the World$
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Toby Musgrave

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300223835

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300223835.001.0001

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Newfoundland and Labrador 1766

Newfoundland and Labrador 1766

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Toby Musgrave

Yale University Press

This chapter describes Joseph Banks' life, in which he displayed a talent for recognising advantageous opportunities, grasping initiatives, and melding outcomes to his advantage. It talks about Banks' voyage in the HMS Niger, which was sent as a vessel of the Fishery Protection Squadron in order to take Marines to Newfoundland and Labrador. It also looks at Constantine Phipps, who joined Banks at the Niger and listed on the ship's manifest as supernumeraries. The chapter highlights Banks' voyage at the Niger as the first big test of his abilities, where he would put all his theoretical knowledge into practice and conduct scientific research in the field, without the network of academics in London. It also mentions Peter Ellis who had explored the West Indies and undertaken two plant hunting expeditions in Lapland.

Keywords:   Joseph Banks, HMS Niger, Fishery Protection Squadron, Constantine Phipps, scientific research, Peter Ellis, Lapland

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