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To Master the Boundless Sea: The U.S. Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of Empire

Jason W. Smith


As the United States grew into an empire in the late nineteenth century, notions like “sea power” derived not only from fleets, bases, and decisive battles but also from a scientific effort to understand and master the ocean environment. Beginning in the early nineteenth century and concluding in the first years of the twentieth, Jason W. Smith tells the story of the rise of the U.S. Navy and the emergence of American ocean empire through its struggle to control nature. In vividly told sketches of exploration, naval officers, war, and, most significantly, the ocean environment, Smith draws tog ... More

Keywords: Sea power, Ocean, Environment, U.S. Navy, Empire, Nature, Exploration, War, Science, Cartography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469640440
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640440.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason W. Smith, author
Southern Connecticut State University