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Voyages of Discovery (History Files)

by David Boyle

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A decent little book. Sort of a school level geography/history book about the European explorers from da Gama to Cook. As is the style these days the author attempts to see events from both the perspective of the Europeans and those that they met. But the marvel was their achievments as mariners, navigators and cartographers given the nature of knowledge and equipment of the time. Curiosity was and thankfully continues to be a core human trait. ( )
  Steve38 | Dec 30, 2014 |
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Voyages to Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific—and their legacies—are dramatically described here through an authoritative text and compelling images.

Aided by developments in shipbuilding, mapping, and astronomy, Europeans took to the oceans between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries in search of spices, gold, and slaves. Voyages to Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific—and their legacies—are dramatically described here through an authoritative text and compelling images.

The golden age of exploration includes Columbus’s first voyage to America in 1492, John Cabot and the Northwest Passage, Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe, and the exploration of the South Pacific. The facsimile documents feature ships’ logs, drawings by explorers of the people and places they encountered, and letters home. 80 full-color and 70 black-and-white illustrations

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In the three decades between 1492 and 1522, European merchants and explorers progressed from relative ignorance about the shape of the globe to knowledge of an atlas that was almost complete. They did so in search of spices, gold, silver and slaves, but with rudimentary technology, huge courage and boundless confidence in themselves and their calculations. The exchange of flora, fauna, diet, disease and culture changed the world within a few generations. The final touches to the pattern of oceans and continents came 2.5 centuries later with the voyages of James Cook. Voyages to Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific and the legacies of those journeys and encounters are here dramatically described.… (more)

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