Digital Archives and Pacific Cultures

Cook's EndeavourPolynesian canoe

University of Pittsburgh Pacific Project Teams

This project represents the work of students and faculty at the Greensburg and Oakland campuses of the University of Pittsburgh. Using TEI conformant XML markup, we are investigating the voyage narratives of the first European expeditions to chart the Pacific and to encounter Polynesian cultures, and we are studying how English poetry and print media responded to the narratives of first contact. We are especially interested in charting "distortion effects" as English writers redacted the language describing Pacific cultural encounters. We are also working to chart how geospatial coordinates shifted during these voyages as methods for calculating longitude changed and Cook's new maps altered people's vision of the globe. Description of Work in Progress (March 9, 2013)

Guidelines for Coding Places, People, Mythical Entities, Referencing Strings, and More (March 15, 2013)

Resources for Project Development

18th-century Accounts of Pacific Voyages

John Hawkesworth's Account of the Voyages...of Commodore Byon, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret, and Captain Cook (1773), Vol. 2, Chapters 4-8 (Wallis's Voyage).

XSLT Transformation Files

James Cook's A Voyage Towards the South Pole and Round the World (1777) (Cook's Second Voyage, both volumes, complete.)

XSLT Transformation Files

KML Files

TEI P5 Coding and XSLT Transformations in Progress

Georg Forster's A Voyage Round the World in His Majesty's Sloop, Resolution, commanded by Capt. James Cook, during the Years 1772, 3, 4, 5. (1777)

Johann Forster's Observations Made during a Voyage round the World (1777)

John Rickman's Journal of Captain Cook's last voyage, to the Pacific Ocean: on Discovery: performed in the years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780 (1785).

Relax NG Schema

CSS in use and under development


Gerald Fitzgerald "The Injured Islanders" (1779)

Anna Seward, "Elegy on Captain Cook" (1780 vs. 1810 parallel text editions)

Artifacts, Maps, and Image Gallery