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The Alfred Agate Collection: The United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842

1841

Hudson worked to complete his tasks, the main part of which took them back to the Samoan Islands, which was about a month's sail. They proceeded due south from Hawaii and then swung through the Phoenix, Bowditch (Tokelau), Samoan, Ellice (Tuvalu), and Kingsmill island groups. They charted new islands, corrected positions for known islands, disproved reports of some others, and continued scientific studies. At Savaii, Opotuno was still too careful to be captured. At each island group, they questioned the islanders to discover commonalities in language, gods, and knowledge of other islands, in order to hypothesize about how each group came to be inhabited.

Tattooed Native, Ellice Islands
Alfred T. Agate
Pencil
98-89-N

 

 

 

 

Sketch of Lead Line
Alfred T. Agate
Pencil
98-89-N (reverse)

 

 

 

 

Costume, Ellice's Group
Alfred T. Agate
Ink wash and pencil
98-89-FW

 

 

 

 

Inhabitant of Makin Island
Alfred T. Agate
Charcoal, ink, and pencil
98-89-BC

 

 

 

Inhabitant of Makin Island
Alfred T. Agate
Pencil
98-89-FI

 

 

 

 

Bowditch Islanders
Alfred T. Agate
Engraving
98-89-AT

 

 

 

Bowditch Islanders
Alfred T. Agate
Pencil
98-89-AU

 

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27 March 2004