Malaspina expedition papers

Letter from Malaspina to Valdés, 4 October 1790 Letter from Valdés to Malaspina, 25 February 1792 Programme for American Meteorological Journal Note from Malaspina to the Comandante General de Cartagena de Indias Description of Natural History Specimens collected by the Malaspina Expedition Pineda description of mineral samples for the Royal Natural History Collection Affidavit confirming Malaspina's claim of spoiled bread on the Descubierta, 1789 Whitehall circular, 1789 September 21 List of birds collected by Antonio Pineda at Puerto Deseado, 1789 December 11 Letter from Malaspina to Higgins, 1790 April 27 Plans for the creation of a meteorological station network throughout the Spanish Empire, 1790 Se... Account of treasury funds handed over to Malaspina, 20 September 1790 Account of supplies provided to Malaspina, 18 September 1790 Letter reporting on the Malaspina expedition in Patagonia, 1790 October 1 Letter reporting on documents and items received from the Malaspina expedition, 1790 October 1 Letter from Antonio Valdés to Alessandro Malaspina, 1790 October 1 Letter reporting on a journey made by Pineda and Née to Monte Chimborazo and the Volcán de Nicara... Letter from Valdés to Malaspina, 1790 December 22 Letter from Valdés to the Viceroy of New Spain, Conde de Revilla Gigedo, 1790 December 22 Letter from Revilla Gigedo, the Viceroy of New Spain, to Valdés, 1791 April 9 List of maps, paintings, journals, zoological, botanical and mineralogical collections collected ... Chart listing changes to crews during the Malaspina expedition, 1791 April 30 Account of supplies provided to the Malaspina expedition, 1791 May 27 Letter from Valdés to Navarrete, 1792 February 28 Letter from Valdés to Malaspina, 1792 February 25

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Malaspina expedition papers


  • 1789-1795 (Creation)


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Documents relating to the voyage of scientific exploration, 1789-1794, conducted by the Italian mariner Alessandro (Alejandro) Malaspina, assisted by José Bustamente y Guerra, and sponsored by the Spanish crown. The expedition included stops in Trinidad, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, points along the coast of North America as far north as Nootka Sound, the Philippine Islands, Australia, and New Zealand. The documents relate to the American portion of the voyage as far as California and include documentation on inland explorations and the gathering of scientific data, including descriptions of conditions among the California missions. Also included are a group of items relating to preparations and supplies. Many documents were sent to or from the office of Spanish naval minister Antonio Valdés y Bazán. Some documents are contemporary copies.

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  • Citation: Malaspina expedition papers, 1789-1795, Mss 2814, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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