Event Summary

United States Exploring Expedition gets underway

Date

1838

Description

United States Exploring Expedition in Pacific and Antarctica gets underway; Captain Charles Wilkes (1798-1877), aboard USS Vincennes, in command of six vessels, 136 men, and 7 scientists

Timeline 1

Early Maritime Republic, 1815-1865

Record ID

Oceanography & Marine Sciences, 1492 � to present