Discovery of the Americas, 1492-1800, Revised Edition

Overview

In 1492, Christopher Columbus returned from his westward voyage with a new discovery: the islands of present-day Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Hoping to find gold, Spanish authorities launched a number of exploratory missions in the region. Men like Hernán Cortás ruthlessly pushed into Mexico and surveyed the land, but also destroyed the great Aztec Empire. Other expeditions, undertaken by such explorers as Amerigo Vespucci, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Hernando de Soto, and George Vancouver, also changed the...

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Overview

In 1492, Christopher Columbus returned from his westward voyage with a new discovery: the islands of present-day Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Hoping to find gold, Spanish authorities launched a number of exploratory missions in the region. Men like Hernán Cortás ruthlessly pushed into Mexico and surveyed the land, but also destroyed the great Aztec Empire. Other expeditions, undertaken by such explorers as Amerigo Vespucci, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Hernando de Soto, and George Vancouver, also changed the lives of the various indigenous peoples of the Americas, as new diseases, crops, and products were introduced to both hemispheres.

From the expeditions of the ancient world to the future of space exploration in the twenty-first century, Discovery & Exploration conveys the wonders, dangers, and excitement of exploring the unknown. From the earliest explorations to today, first-hand accounts of incidents, climate, and civilizations set the stage for a gripping narrative about key events in world history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604131956
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Discovery and Exploration Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Columbus Returns to Spain 7

2 The Four Voyages of Columbus 14

3 A New World: 1500-1519 27

4 Pizarro, Peru, And South America: 1531-1683 41

5 Cabeza De Vaca's Epic Journey 53

6 Hernando De Soto And "La Florida" 59

7 Coronado and the Seven Cities 68

8 Exploring California 80

9 Charting The Pacific Northwest: The 1700s 96

10 The New World in 1800 105

Chronology and Timeline 114

Glossary 119

Bibliography 122

Further Resources 124

Picture Credits 126

Index 127

About the Contributors 134

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