The Magic of New-Found Lands

  • Geoffrey Blainey


A new-found land is an invention, like the steamship and the jet aircraft. Its discovery opens a new awareness and a range of possibilities. The fascination with primitive societies and with nature in the late eighteenth century relied on new-found lands — Tahiti, Mauritius, the east coast of Australia, the interior of North America. Without these new lands, the Noble Savage might not have been enthroned so easily.


Continental Shelf Late Eighteenth Century Racial Prejudice Virgin Land Primitive Society 
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