The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

2016 Edition
| Editors: Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy, Aleksandr V. Semenov

Instruction of Peter I to Vitus Bering

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Instruction of Peter I to Vitus Bering – well-known directions of Peter the Great, written himself in January 1725 a few weeks before his death, to Vitus Bering prior to the First Kamchatka Expedition. It says:
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    “At Kamchatka or somewhere else one or two decked boats are to be built.

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    With these you are to sail northward along the coast, and (as the end of the coast is not known) this land is expected to be part of America.

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    For this reason you are to inquire where this land meets America, and go to some city of European dominium; and when European ships are seen you are to ask what the coast is called, note it down, make a landing, obtain reliable information, and then, after having charted the coast, return.”


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