Isaak Iselin in Hawaiʻi, 1807

Intertextuality II – Task

Read the text below from the edited version of Iselin's journal about his visit to Kealakekua Bay. Iselin gains knowledge in this extract through multiple sources.

First, research these three questions of understanding on the internet:

  • Explain the concept of «Taboo» (kapu).
  • What was the expedition of Francisco de Miranda (1750–1816) to Venezuela in 1806?
  • What was the political context for the claim that Switzerland was due to become a kingdom?

Iselin private archive Basel, § 103 (bag), envelope II, journal clean copy, p. 50.