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Welcome, and follow Cornelius B. Gold on his journey from New York to Hong Kong and back in 1861-1863. Denied entry into the Union Army during the Civil War due to his health, Gold signed on the merchant ship Oriental in December 1861, hoping a voyage at sea would strengthen his condition and prepare him for military service upon his return. Gold documented his experiences and cultural encounters as he sailed across the globe.
Students in Connecticut College's History/East Asian Studies course, "Empire and Expansion in East Asia, 1840-1950s," created and published the digital exhibition of this 63-page journal, including transcriptions, select annotations, and research into aspects of East-West relations in the 19th century.