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Historical Atlas of Exploration: 1492-1600
     

Historical Atlas of Exploration: 1492-1600

by Angus Konstam
 

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As Europe emerged from the psychological restrictions of the Middle Ages, the new learning of the Renaissance emboldened a handful of adventurers to seek new horizons across the 'Ocean Sea'. And so began the Age of Discovery. A story of intense passion, rivalry, and excitement, it is still seen as one of the greatest periods of global discovery. In this readable study

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As Europe emerged from the psychological restrictions of the Middle Ages, the new learning of the Renaissance emboldened a handful of adventurers to seek new horizons across the 'Ocean Sea'. And so began the Age of Discovery. A story of intense passion, rivalry, and excitement, it is still seen as one of the greatest periods of global discovery. In this readable study of the subject, re-discover Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gam's search for a sea route to the Indies, John Cabot's exploration of North America, and Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe. Historical Atlas of Exploration contains a superb selection of contemporary illustrations and 70 detailed full color maps that follow each explorer on his travels. Discover with them the wonders of the New World, the Pacific Islands, the Indies, the Spice Islands, and mysterious, colorful Asia.

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VOYA
This review was written and published to address two historical atlases, one about Expeditions and the other about Exploration, from Checkmark Books/Facts on File. These beautifully illustrated atlases contain a wealth of information about people who ventured into uncharted territory for reasons that range from anthropological curiosity and scientific inquiry to greed, conquest, and religious conversion of the natives. The large format and liberal illustrations and maps make the books fun to browse. Each chapter is preceded by a short introduction and a two-page map relating to that chapter's subject matter, such as Africa from 1600 or Sea Routes to the Indies, with a list of explorers and their color-coded routes. The atlases are complementary in that their entries do not overlap, with the exception of Francisco Pizarro, whose entries in both volumes have different focuses. The Expeditions book covers a wider period, beginning with Egyptian sailors in 3200 B.C. and ending with contemporary Antarctic explorer Ranulph Fiennes. After two chapters on pre-1600 travels that includes Marco Polo and the Vikings, the post-1600 chapters are organized geographically. Asia covers the travels of Vitus Bering; Africa discusses Livingstone and Burton; the Americas covers Lewis and Clark and Darwin; the Arctic and Antarctic includes Peary, Byrd, and Shackleton; and Australasia talks about Tasman and Cook. Most entries are two pages and feature the expeditioners themselves, but a few topical entries such as the Silk Road, Jesuit Missionaries, and the Crusades are also included. In covering the "Age of Discovery," the explorers book has a narrower focus in time and geography in that all forty-oneexplorers described were Italian, Portuguese, English, French, or Spanish—although their travels took them around the globe. The explorations described here are almost all nautical. In addition to the biographical entries for Columbus, Magellan, da Gama, Vespucci, Drake, Cabot, Cartier, Balboa, and Cabeza de Vaca, this book contains many topical entries, such as pre-Columbian Caribbean cultures, India in 1498, the Conquistadors, and Japan in the sixteenth century as well as entries on navigational instruments, types of ships, and the cultures of the Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas. Both books are written engagingly and objectively. When explorers became brutal slayers of native populations, this is stated. When they exhibited bravery, skill, or tolerance for native peoples, these facts too are stated. This reference set provides fascinating reading for browsers and report-writers alike. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Chronology. Appendix. 2000, Checkmark Books/Facts on File, 192p, Ages 12 to Adult. Reviewer: Florence H. Munat SOURCE: VOYA, June 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 2)
Library Journal
Renowned historian and museum curator Konstam, in association with the National Maritime Museum, has produced a masterly account of exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries. After the formation of nation-states at the end of the Middle Ages, Spain, Portugal, France, Holland, and England sent expeditions to find routes to China and the Indies. Because of its geographic position and the leadership of Prince Henry the Navigator, Portugal was at the forefront, charting the route around Africa. Spain explored the Caribbean and southeast North America, the Dutch and Portuguese reached the Indies late in the 15th century, and the English and the French explored what would become Canada and the northern United States. Lavishly illustrated with maps, charts, and paintings, this book includes informative chapters on the construction of ships and the navigational science of the era. Essential for all public and college libraries, this is an enjoyable book for lay readers as well as specialists.--Stanley Itkin, Hillside P.L., New Hyde Park, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Internet Book Watch
This survey of the history of exploration provides an excellent chronological coverage which pairs biographies of the sailors involved with details of the voyages they undertook and the ships they used. Maps, color illustrations and charts provide a fine timeline of events and dates.
—Internet Book Watch
Journal Library
Lavishly illustrated with maps, charts, and paintings, this book includes informative chapters on the construction of ships and the navigational science of the era. . . .an enjoyable book for lay readers as well as specialists. (May 15, 2000)
Publisher's Weekly
Developed in conjunction with the Mariner's Museum of Virginia, the Historical Atlas of Exploration doubles as an encyclopedia of medieval adventurers. ( April 24, 2000)
School Library Journal
A detailed look at 41 explorers who roamed the world during the Age of Discovery.
King Features Weekly Service
Both in text and breath-taking photos, this tome is an impressive one.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816042487
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
Historical Atlas Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.18(w) x 12.08(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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