Publications

TitlePublication DateDescription
Ibn Battuta (webpage from Wikipedia) Detailed Wikipedia page about Ibn Battuta Edit
Faxian (webpage from Wikipedia) Medium-length article on Faxian. Edit
Alexander Mackenzie (explorer) (webpage from Wikipedia) Medium-length article about Alexander Mackenzie Edit
Xuanzang (webpage from Wikipedia) A fairly detailed article about Xuanzang Edit
Marco Polo (webpage from Wikipedia) A detailed article about Marco Polo Edit
Christopher Columbus (webpage from Wikipedia) A very detailed article about Christopher Columbus Edit
William Clark (webpage from Wikipedia) A medium-length article about William Clark Edit
Meriwether Lewis (webpage from Wikipedia) Medium-length article about Lewis Edit
Fridtjof Nansen (webpage from Wikipedia) A detailed (and starred) article about Nansen Edit
Lewis and Clark Expedition (webpage from Wikipedia) A detailed article about the expedition with a nice timeline. Edit
Corps of Discovery (webpage from Wikipedia) An article with a small bio on each of the members of the expedition. Edit
James Cook (webpage from Wikipedia) A fairly detailed article on Cook. Edit
Nansen's Fram expedition (webpage from Wikipedia) A starred article about the expedition Edit
Fram (webpage from Wikipedia) A short article on the Fram Edit
Colin Archer (webpage from Wikipedia) A fairly long article about Colin Archer Edit
Charles Willson Peale (webpage from Wikipedia) A moderately long article about Peale Edit
Ernest Shackleton (webpage from Wikipedia) A detailed, starred article about Shackleton. Edit
Nimrod Expedition (webpage from Wikipedia) A starred article about the expedition. Edit
Nimrod (ship) (webpage from Wikipedia) A short article about the Nimrod. Edit
Larvik (webpage from Wikipedia) A moderately detailed article about Larvik. Edit
United States (webpage from Wikipedia) A very long article about the US Edit
Latham 47 (webpage from Wikipedia) A short article on the Latham 47-style planes Edit
Airship Italia (webpage from Wikipedia) A long article about the airship Italia Edit
Umberto Nobile (webpage from Wikipedia) A medium-length article about Nobile Edit
Belgian Antarctic Expedition (webpage from Wikipedia) A medium-length article about the expedition Edit
Amundsen's South Pole expedition (webpage from Wikipedia) A starred article about the expedition Edit
Freya Stark (webpage from Wikipedia) A short article about Freya Stark Edit
RV Belgica (1884) (webpage from Wikipedia) A medium length article about the Belgica Edit
Adrien de Gerlache (webpage from Wikipedia) A short article about Adrien de Gerlache. Edit
Royal Society (webpage from Wikipedia) A long article about the Royal Society. Edit
Roald Amundsen (webpage from Wikipedia) A detailed article about Amundsen. Edit
Fellow of the Royal Society (webpage from Wikipedia) A fairly detailed page on this title Edit
Vasco da Gama (webpage from Wikipedia) A fairly detailed page on Vasco da Gama Edit
Francisco de Almeida (webpage from Wikipedia) A medium-length article on Almeida Edit
Diogo Lopes de Sequeira (webpage from Wikipedia) A short article about Diogo Lopes de Sequeira Edit
Hong Bao (webpage from Wikipedia) A short article about Hong Bao Edit
Harriet Chalmers Adams (webpage from Wikipedia) A short article about Harried Chalmers Adams Edit
Zheng He (webpage from Wikipedia) A detailed article about Zheng He. Edit
Francisco Serrão (webpage from Wikipedia) A short article about Francisco Serrão Edit
Capture of Malacca (1511) (webpage from Wikipedia) A fairly long page about the capture of Malacca Edit
Malacca City (webpage from Wikipedia) A long article about Malacca City. Edit
The Portuguese Conquest of Malacca (webpage) An account written by someone who currently lives in Malacca. The website contains lots of historical and tourist information about the city/state. Edit
Portuguese Malacca 1511-1641 (webpage) A medium-length article with lots of citations and some pictures Edit
The Fall of Melaka (webpage) A medium-length article from a Malaysian perspective about the capture of Malacca. Edit
Neil Armstrong (webpage from Wikipedia) A long article about Neil Armstrong Edit
Gertrude Bell (webpage from Wikipedia) A fairly long article about Gertrude Bell Edit
T. E. Lawrence (webpage from Wikipedia) A long article about Lawrence Edit
Lady Hester Stanhope (webpage from Wikipedia) A fairly detailed article about Stanhope Edit
Royal Geographical Society (webpage from Wikipedia) A long article about the Royal Geographic Society. Edit
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (webpage from Wikipedia) A very short article about this title Edit
Charles Darwin (webpage from Wikipedia) A starred article on Charles Darwin Edit
Linnean Society of London (webpage from Wikipedia) A fairly detailed article about the society Edit
Zoological Society of London (webpage from Wikipedia) A medium-length article about this societ Edit
Evelyn Waugh (webpage from Wikipedia) A starred article about Waugh Edit
Robert O'Hara Burke (webpage from Wikipedia) A moderately long article on Burke Edit
William John Wills (webpage from Wikipedia) A medium-length article about Wills Edit
Burke and Wills expedition (webpage from Wikipedia) A detailed article about the expedition Edit
David Livingstone (webpage from Wikipedia) A very detailed article about Livingstone Edit
Henry Morton Stanley (webpage from Wikipedia) A detailed article about Stanley Edit
Charles Lindbergh (webpage from Wikipedia) A very detailed article on Lindbergh Edit
Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza (webpage from Wikipedia) A medium-length article about Savorgnan de Brazza. Edit
Société de géographie (webpage from Wikipedia) A short article about the society. Edit
Samuel Baker (webpage from Wikipedia) A moderately long article about Baker Edit
Orders, decorations, and medals of the United Kingdom (webpage from Wikipedia) A detailed article about all these awards Edit
Order of the Bath (webpage from Wikipedia) A starred article on the Order of the Bath Edit
Richard Francis Burton (webpage from Wikipedia) A fairly long article about Burton Edit
Order of St. Michael and St. George (webpage from Wikipedia) A detailed article on the order Edit
Roderick Murchison (webpage from Wikipedia) A medium-length article about Murchison Edit
Royal Society of Edinburgh (webpage from Wikipedia) A medium-length article about the society Edit
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (webpage from Wikipedia) A short article on the fellowship Edit
Royal Irish Academy (webpage from Wikipedia) A fairly detailed article about the RIA Edit
John Hanning Speke (webpage from Wikipedia) A fairly detailed article about Speke Edit
James Augustus Grant (webpage from Wikipedia) A short article about Grant Edit
Ludovico di Varthema (webpage from Wikipedia) A fairly detailed article about Varthema Edit
Lodovico de Varthema (webpage) A short article about Varthema Edit
Gjøa (webpage from Wikipedia) A medium-length article about the Gjøa Edit
Northwest Passage (webpage from Wikipedia) A long article about the Northwest Passage Edit
San Francisco (webpage from Wikipedia) A long article about San Francisco Edit
Ferdinand Magellan (webpage from Wikipedia) A detailed article about Magellan Edit
Hernán Cortés (webpage from Wikipedia) A long article about Cortes Edit
John Smith (explorer) (webpage from Wikipedia) A long article about smith Edit
Amerigo Vespucci (webpage from Wikipedia) A moderately long article about Vespucci. Edit
Francisco Pizarro (webpage from Wikipedia) A detailed article about Pizarro Edit
Francisco Pizarro (webpage) A short summary of Pizarro's life Edit
Peru (webpage from Wikipedia) A long article about Peru Edit
John Leyden (webpage from Wikipedia) A short article about Leyden Edit
Malacca Sultanate (webpage from Wikipedia) A long article about the sultanate Edit
Tun Mutahir of Malacca (webpage from Wikipedia) A short article about Tun Mutahir Edit
Mahmud Shah of Malacca (webpage from Wikipedia) A general description of the life of Shah Edit
Henry Hudson's first voyage 1607: The Northern Passage (webpage) A very detailed account of Henry Hudson's 1607 voyage. Edit
Henry Hudson (webpage from Wikipedia) A detailed article on Hudson Edit
Halve Maen (webpage from Wikipedia) A short article on the Halve Maen Edit
Discovery (1602 ship) (webpage from Wikipedia) A short article about the ship Edit
Francis Drake (webpage from Wikipedia) A long article on Drake Edit
The Circumnavigation 1577-1580 (webpage) Summary of the journey from website for the Golden Hind museum Edit
Golden Hind (webpage from Wikipedia) Medium-length article on the ship Edit
The Original Golden Hind (webpage) Webpage from the Golden Hind museum Edit
Portrait of Meriwether Lewis by Charles Willson Peale (image from Wikimedia Commons) 1807 A portrait Edit
Malay Annals (translated from the Malay language) by John Leyden (book) 1821 The Malay Annals, originally titled Sulalatus Salatin (Genealogy of Kings), is a literary work that gives a romanticised history of the origin, evolution and demise of the great Malay maritime empire, the Malacca Sultanate. The work which was composed sometime between 15th and 16th centuries, is considered one of the finest literary and historical works in the Malay language. The original text has undergone numerous changes, with the oldest known version dated May 1612, through the rewriting effort commissioned by the then regent of Johor, Yang di-Pertuan Di Hilir Raja Abdullah. It was originally written in the Classical Malay on traditional paper in old Jawi script, but today exists in 32 different manuscripts, including those in Rumi script. Notwithstanding some of its mystical contents, historians have looked at the text as a primary source of information on past events verifiable by other historical sources, in the Malay world. In 2001, the Malay Annals was listed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme International Register. Edit
A Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Francis Burton (book) 1855 Motivated by his love of adventure, Burton got the approval of the Royal Geographical Society for an exploration of the area, and he gained permission from the board of directors of the British East India Company to take leave from the army. His seven years in India gave Burton a familiarity with the customs and behaviour of Muslims and prepared him to attempt a Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca and, in this case, Medina). It was this journey, undertaken in 1853, which first made Burton famous. He had planned it whilst traveling disguised among the Muslims of Sindh, and had laboriously prepared for the adventure by study and practice (including undergoing the Muslim tradition of circumcision to further lower the risk of being discovered). Although Burton was certainly not the first non-Muslim European to make the Hajj (Ludovico di Varthema did this in 1503), his pilgrimage is the most famous and the best documented of the time. He adopted various disguises including that of a Pashtun to account for any oddities in speech, but he still had to demonstrate an understanding of intricate Islamic traditions, and a familiarity with the minutiae of Eastern manners and etiquette. Burton's trek to Mecca was dangerous, and his caravan was attacked by bandits (a common experience at the time). As he put it, though "... neither Koran or Sultan enjoin the death of Jew or Christian intruding within the columns that note the sanctuary limits, nothing could save a European detected by the populace, or one who after pilgrimage declared himself an unbeliever".The pilgrimage entitled him to the title of Hajji and to wear the green head wrap. Burton's own account of his journey is given in A Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah. Edit
The Travels of Ludovico di Varthema by Ludovico di Varthema (book) 1863 As Richard Francis Burton said in his book The Pilgrimage to Al-Medinah and Meccah: “For correctness of observation and readiness of wit Varthema stands in the foremost rank of the old Oriental travellers. In Arabia and in the Indian archipelago east of Java he is (for Europe and Christendom) a real discoverer. Even where passing over ground traversed by earlier European explorers, his keen intelligence frequently adds valuable original notes on peoples, manners, customs, laws, religions, products, trade, methods of war.” Varthema's work "Itinerario de Ludouico de Varthema Bolognese" was first published in Italian at Rome in 1510. Other Italian editions appeared at Rome, 1517, at Venice, 1518, 1535, 1563, 1589, etc., at Milan, 1519, 1523, 1525. Latin translations appeared at Milan, 1511 (by Archangelus Madrignanus); and at Nuremberg, 1610. The book has been translated into 50 languages. Edit
A walk across Africa; or, Domestic scenes from my Nile journal by James Augustus Grant (book) 1864 A book about Grant's travels in Africa Edit
The Kasîdah of Hâjî Abdû El-Yezdî by Richard Francis Burton (book) 1880 The Kasîdah of Hâjî Abdû El-Yezdî (1880) is a long English-language poem written by "Hâjî Abdû El-Yezdî", a pseudonym of the true author, Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), a well-known British Arabist and explorer. In a note to the reader, Burton claims to be the translator of the poem, to which he gives the English title "Lay of the Higher Law." It is thus a pseudotranslation, pretending to have had an original Persian text, which never existed. The Kasidah is essentially a distillation of Sufi thought in the poetic idiom of that mystical tradition; Burton had hoped to bring Sufist ideas to the West. Edit
The Capture of Malacca, A.D. 1511 (article) 1912 Wilkinson, R. J. "The Capture of Malacca, A.D. 1511." Journal of the Straits Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, no. 61 (1912): 71-76. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41561669. Edit
Foreign documents and the descriptions of Melaka between A.D. 1505-1511 (article) 1991 An 11-page article on the city from 1505-1511 Edit
Hudson's Second Voyage 1608: The Northeast Passage (webpage) 2007 Very detailed article on Hudson's second voyage Edit
Henry Hudson's Third Voyage 1609: The New World (webpage) 2007 Very detailed article on Hudson's 1609 expedition Edit
Henry Hudson's Fourth Voyage 1610: The Northwest Passage (webpage) 2007 A detailed article about the 1610 expedition Edit
Story of Malacca (article) 2009 “Story of Malacca” by Elvan Tong appeared as a three-part series in AMSA’s magazine Passages during 2009 and 2010. For the convenience of readers this is now consolidated into a booklet for easy reading and printing. Edit
Adrien de Gerlache (1866-1934) (webpage) 2010 A short article about Adrien de Gerlache, much of which is from Wikipedia, plus some additional details. Edit
The fall of Malacca (webpage) 2011 An Asian view of the fall of Malacca written by Dr Lee Kam Heng. Edit
The Capture of Malacca in 1511 (webpage) 2015 A medium-length article about the capture of Malacca Edit