The American Discovery of Europe

The American Discovery of Europe

by Jack D. Forbes
     
 

An independent and indigenous revision of established history

The American Discovery of Europe investigates the voyages of America’s Native peoples to the European continent before Columbus’s 1492 arrival in the “New World.” The product of over twenty years of exhaustive research in libraries throughout Europe and theSee more details below

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An independent and indigenous revision of established history

The American Discovery of Europe investigates the voyages of America’s Native peoples to the European continent before Columbus’s 1492 arrival in the “New World.” The product of over twenty years of exhaustive research in libraries throughout Europe and the United States, Jack D. Forbes employs a vast number of primary and secondary sources to paint a clear picture of the diverse and complex societies that comprised the Americas before 1492 and reveals the surprising Native American involvements in maritime trade and exploration.
 
Starting with an encounter by Columbus himself with mysterious people who had apparently been carried across the Atlantic on favorable currents, Forbes proceeds to a detailed discussion of ocean currents and then to exploring the seagoing expertise of early Americans in the Caribbean, on the coasts of Greenland, and beyond. He also discusses theories of ancient migrations, the evidence for human origins in the Americas, and other early visitors coming from Europe to America, including the Norse. The book closes with a discussion of Native travelers to Europe after 1493, when they came mostly as slaves. The provocative, extensively documented, and heartfelt conclusions of The American Discovery of Europe present an open challenge to received historical wisdom. This book will be of lasting importance to Native people and redefine the way future scholarship views American history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252031526
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,376,445
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
Americans across the Atlantic: Galway and the Certainty behind Columbus's Voyage     5
The Gulf Stream and Galway: Ocean Currents and American Visitors     22
Seagoing Americans: Navigation in the Caribbean and Vicinity     41
Ancient Travelers and Migrations     80
From Iberia to the Baltic: Americans in Roman and Pre-Modern Europe     105
The Inuit Route to Europe     133
Native Americans Crossing the Atlantic after 1493     168
Notes     191
Bibliography     213
Index     237

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