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Exploration and Conquest: The Americas After…

Exploration and Conquest: The Americas After Columbus: 1500-1620

by Betsy Maestro, Giulio Maestro

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Good non-fiction childrens picture book outlining the European exploration of the New World over the course of two years. Outlines various expeditions and their purpose with attention paid to the effects on local inhabitants. ( )
  BrennonJ | Jan 18, 2013 |
A history of exploration through North America and South America from Canada to Peru. All major explorers of the times mentioned in the title are covered such as Cortes, de Soto, Cartier, Champlain, Hudson, and the founding of Jamestown. Presented in a large picture book format the text is appropriate for ages 6 and up. The illustrations are vivid, bright, detailed and interesting. Maps help visualize all exploration routes.

I found the book very politically correct and as a Christian needed to edit the text on the fly in many places. The word "forced" was used a lot in sentences which mentioned Christians and the conquering of the Aztecs failed to mention any of the Aztec's thirst for blood. The book told how the neighbouring tribes helped Cortes in his fight against the Aztecs but never mentions why. This type of revisionist history is not what I particularly enjoy but the book is not unusable by Christians, with a bit of word changes the information is useful and the book is easy to understand, written in a narrative and interesting text. My son has retained the information and the book served its purpose in our studies.

On the other hand, if you are coming from a different worldview the book may be perfect for you. YMMV! ( )
  ElizaJane | Oct 24, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688154743, Paperback)

Christopher Columbus was not the first to discover the Americas, but his voyages led to European exploration of the New World. Rich in resources and natural beauty, the Americas were irresistible to gold-hungry conquistadors. The newcomers gave little thought to those who had called the lands their home, and exploration soon came to signify conquest. The New World -- and the lives of its inhabitants -- would be changed forever.

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