Embassy To Eastern Courts Of Cochin-China, Siam & Muscat (Reprinted)
by Roberts, Edmund
About This Book
Facsimile reissue of the 1837 account of the 1832-34 voyages in Southeast Asia of the US Peacock, a Sloop-of-War. The author was an official envoy with fact-finding and ceremonial duties, charged with visiting Cochin-China, Siam and Muscat.
An account is given of the voyage from Boston via Brazil, Argentina and Tristan da Cunha to Bencoolen. Impressions of people, customs and places are given during visits in the Philippines, Macao, Canton, and then Hue in Cochin-China (where his mission failed) and Bangkok. On the return voyage he visited Singapore and Batavia and then spent time in Muscat, finally arriving, via the Cape of Good Hope and Brazil, at Boston after a voyage of 26 months. There is much information about the trade and economic state of the areas visited, as well as sidelights on the people and attitudes of the period.
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