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Atlas of Exploration
     

Atlas of Exploration

by John Hemming
 

The history of exploration is the history of human fascination with the world. Almost from the beginning of humanity, people have felt impelled to venture into unknown regions, displaying incredible endurance and bravery in the face of harsh environments and hostile inhabitants. From the daring Polynesian navigators who, more than 3000 years ago, first began to

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The history of exploration is the history of human fascination with the world. Almost from the beginning of humanity, people have felt impelled to venture into unknown regions, displaying incredible endurance and bravery in the face of harsh environments and hostile inhabitants. From the daring Polynesian navigators who, more than 3000 years ago, first began to advance across the vast Pacific Ocean in dug-out canoes with only the stars to guide them, to the Victorian missionaries and adventurers who opened the way for European colonial expansion, to the scientists of our own time, with their sophisticated navigational and observational technology, explorers have tested their imaginations against an uncharted world.
The Oxford Atlas of Exploration is a splendid and authoritative history of this endeavor. With a highly readable and informative text, supported by nearly 100 specially drawn maps and 300 vivid photographs and illustrations, it traces the journeys of the discoverers of our world, recording their achievements and their varied motives: desire for land, wealth, and fame; missionary zeal; political and cultural empire-building; scientific inquiry; and sheer, irresistible, curiosity.
The book begins with the earliest recorded journeys of exploration in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and ranges from the time of the Phoenicians' voyages in the North Atlantic and Egyptians' travels in the Arabian Sea. We follow Cortes in Mexico, La Salle on the Mississippi, Darwin in the Galapagos Islands, James Cook in the Antarctic, and many others. In each section, the main routes of explorers are depicted on graphic relief maps, while photographs, paintings and engravings brilliantly portray the great variety of terrain through which these courageous men and women passed. Also included are maps from different historical periods which reveal cartographers' growing knowledge of the shape of the world's continents and oceans. The final section of the atlas contains fascinating biographical details of many of the great explorers, geographers, and cartographers whose achievements have supplied our sense of the shape and texture of the earth. It is followed by a time chart which summarizes the history of exploration over 5000 years.
From the High Andes to the ocean depths, from the Sahara desert to the polar ice caps, The Oxford Atlas of Exploration allows us to rediscover all the extraordinary ways humans have come to know their world. Opening its pages is taking the first step on a grand adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
While historical atlases often include one or more maps illustrating the European "discovery" of the Western Hemisphere, Africa, and Asia, Oxford has assembled an entire atlas devoted to the subject of exploration that avoids a Eurocentric viewpoint. Beginning with the expeditions of the Egyptian nobleman Harkhuf to the upper Nile c.2300 B.C.E., the editors of this work chronicle humanity's quest to explore the unknown through 100 original color maps and 300 mostly color illustrations. Coverage includes Muslim, Chinese, and Polynesian explorers and scientific, commercial, and military expeditions. The very informative text is divided into ten primarily geographical sections. The atlas's value as a reference tool is greatly enhanced by an additional section of "Biographical Details" featuring 210 explorers, geographers, and cartographers with reference to where they appear in the text. There is also a "Time Chart of Exploration" arranged geographically. This handsome publication would be a useful and affordable addition to any reference collection and is highly recommended for all libraries.Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. System, Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Booknews
Presents the history of exploration, from the time of the Phoenecians' voyages in the North Atlantic and Egyptians' travels in the Arabian Sea to the deep ocean explorations of today. Each section includes depictions of explorers' main routes, photographs, paintings, and engravings. The final section contains biographical details of many of the great explorers, geographers, and cartographers, followed by a time chart which summarizes the history of exploration over 5,000 years. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195213539
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
12.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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