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The Great Explorers: The European Discovery of America (edition 1978)

by Samuel Eliot Morison (Author)

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Title:The Great Explorers: The European Discovery of America
Authors:Samuel Eliot Morison (Author)
Info:Oxford University Press (1978), Edition: Abridged, 784 pages
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One of the most eminent historians of the twentieth century here describes the great voyages of discovery to the New World. Morison personally retraced the voyages of the early explorers, charting his travels in maps and photographs, then compared these to the maps and travelogues of the early sailors ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 20, 2015 |
Samuel Eliot Morison in this small volume for the subject, just under 800 pages, gathers material from 'The European Discovery of America: The Northern Voyages, A.D. 500-1600' and 'The European Discovery of America: The Southern Voyages, A.D. 1492-1616' to describe for us the arrival of Columbus, Drake, Magellan, and many others. The size of the book makes for a handy reference book for those who are studying these voyages or for those who want an overview of them. This abridgement of his great works is also filled with illustrations and maps. His research and knowledge of this material is made obvious. This is a well-written book that will be appreciated by any reader. The author is able to convey the motives, bravery and experiences of these early voyages that led to the discovery of the New World. ( )
  mramos | Nov 4, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0195042220, Paperback)

This is an abridgement of Samuel Morison's magnum opus, The European Discovery of America, in which he describes the early voyages that led to the discovery of the New World. All the acclaimed Morison touches are here - the meticulous research and authoritative scholarship, along with the personal and compelling narrative style that gives the reader the feeling of having been there. Morison, of course, has been there, and The Great Explorers is enriched with photographs and maps he made while personally retracing the great voyages.

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The great voyages of discovery to the New World are here brought to life by one of the twentieth century's most eminent historians, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Samuel Morison. A master seaman himself, Morison personally retraced the voyages of the early explorers, charting his travels in maps and photographs and comparing these to the maps and travelogues of the early sailors. The resulting two-volume The European Discovery of America was widely acclaimed both for its author's incomparable knowledge of history, cartography, and sea navigation and for the fresh immediacy of its writing. The Great Explorers abridges this great work, following the voyages of Columbus, Magellan, Drake, and many more. Here is the fascinating story of these explorers' ventures into uncharted waters, their encounters with natives, and their joy-and surprise-at discovering new land.… (more)

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