The Explorers of South America

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A narrative history of exploration from Christopher Columbus to the 19th century, with journal excerpts, diaries and other writings of the explorers themselves. Goodman has marshaled his wide-ranging research and lifelong interest in exploration into a comprehensive, scholarly history. A reprint of the original 1972 edition, the tales have lost none of their luster.

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A colorful narrative history of four-and-a-half centuries of South American exploration, relying insofar as possible on the accounts of the explorers themselves, and supplemented by the writings of distinguished historians in the field, of whom Goodman (history emeritus, Xavier U.) is one. Includes 25 illustrations and ten maps. Extensive bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806124209
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1992
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward J. Goodman is Emeritus Professor of History at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He says of The Explorers of South America, “It is the story of the brave and the foolhardy, the saints and the scoundrels, the learned and the unlettered, the aristocrats and the lowborn—the men who for four and a half centuries have explored the ‘green continent.'”

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The First Century: Discovery and Conquest
I Columbus and the Age of Discovery 3
II Sixteenth-Century Maritime Exploration: The Outline of the Continent 22
III Sixteenth-Century Penetration into the Interior: West and South 45
IV Sixteenth-Century Penetration into the Interior: East and North 66
Pt. 2 The Age of Expansion: For God, Slaves, and Gold
V The Missionaries 87
VI The Bandeirantes 102
VII The Struggle for the Amazon Valley 116
VIII Mines and Monsoons 133
IX Challenge and Response in the South 146
X The Enchanted City and the Chilean Archipelago 170
Pt. 3 The Early Scientist-Explorers
XI The Measurement of the Earth 183
XII Eighteenth-Century Maritime Scientific Exploration 204
XIII Eighteenth-Century Continental Scientific Exploration 222
XIV The New World of Alexander von Humboldt 245
Pt. 4 The Great Age of Scientific Exploration
XV The Great Naturalists 267
XVI Government Sponsored Explorations: Early Nineteenth Century 296
XVII Government Sponsored Explorations: Later Nineteenth Century 314
XVIII Private and Privately Sponsored Nineteenth-Century Explorations 332
XIX The Mountains and the Desert 348
XX Twentieth-Century Exploration 361
Epilogue 378
Bibliography 381
Index 399
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