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Oh Capitano!Celso Cesare Moreno - Adventurer, Cheater, and Scoundrel on Four Continents$
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Rudolph J. Vecoli, Francesco Durante, and Donna R. Gabaccia

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279869

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279869.001.0001

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The Challenge of the Pacific

The Challenge of the Pacific

(p.43) Chapter 3 The Challenge of the Pacific
Oh Capitano!

Rudolph J. Vecoli

Francesco Durante

, Donna R. Gabaccia, Elizabeth O. Venditto
Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on Celso Cesare Moreno's failed Pulau Weh project during his voyage to North America that commenced in 1868. It first considers the various reactions to Moreno's presence in America before discussing his efforts to sell Pulau Weh, an island off the northeast coast of Sumatra for which he claimed ownership, to the U.S. government. It then examines Moreno's 1869 publication of the pamphlet American Interests in Asia in which he cast Asia and most of the ethnic groups there—particularly the Chinese—in a positive light. It also describes Moreno's attempt to engage America in the economic development of China and his proposed transpacific submarine cable between America and Asia. Finally, it explains why Moreno was unable to realize his two objectives: the sale of his Pacific island or the construction of the transpacific cable.

Keywords:   transpacific cable, Celso Cesare Moreno, North America, Asia, China, ethnic groups, Pulau Weh, Sumatra

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