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I really enjoyed this short little book. Dalrymple's account of the tropical paradises found up to the 18th century were a delight to read. However, I was a little confused as to why Dalrymple also described a temperate Southern Continent where Antarctica would be. I could never consider myself as knowledgeable as the Royal Hydrographer of the entire British Empire, but I don't think we've found a new continent that fits Dalrymple's description. I'm sure if that lay-about Captain Cook and the good-for-nothing satellite imagery people over at NASA actually did their jobs, Dalrymple's Southern Continent would be found in a second.  

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