Perilous Search for the Fabled Northwest Passage in American History

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The search was on. John Franklin's expedition had disappeared while searching for the Northwest Passage. Such was the risk when trying to discover the fabled waterway that eluded so many before. Search parties were sent to find Franklin, but they too looked for ways to complete the passage. In The Perilous Search for the Fabled Northwest Passage in American History, author Karen Clemens Warrick leads readers through ice-cold temperatures and chilly waters while they learn about explorers' efforts to find the ...
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The search was on. John Franklin's expedition had disappeared while searching for the Northwest Passage. Such was the risk when trying to discover the fabled waterway that eluded so many before. Search parties were sent to find Franklin, but they too looked for ways to complete the passage. In The Perilous Search for the Fabled Northwest Passage in American History, author Karen Clemens Warrick leads readers through ice-cold temperatures and chilly waters while they learn about explorers' efforts to find the passage. Only the explorers who adapted the ways of the Inuit people would have success and escape death. From John Cabot to Henry Hudson to Roald Amundsen, Warrick examines all efforts by these brave men.
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Ready for danger, intrigue, and mystery from days gone past? All can be found lurking between the covers of this book that chronicles the search for an elusive northwest passage between Europe and Cathay (China). Searches, from John Cabot's 1497 venture to the 1969 quest of an oil tanker that traveled the entire length of the passage for the first time, are documented in this informative book. The opening chapter however, covers John Franklin's 1845 voyage, which ended with Franklin and crew lost in the freezing Arctic. Chapter two begins with explanations of why a passage was desired and goes on to feature John Cabot's fifteenth century expedition. This set up piques the interest of readers, who upon completing chapter one will want to know more about all the searches that took place. Seagoing and overland searches are featured in this fascinating text. Appearing throughout the book are sidebars labeled as a Source Document. Each contains material penned by actual searchers or by those describing searches. Black and white maps, portraits of search leaders, and vessels used add to the text. Missing from the book are maps needed for reference as the text discusses various searches and many places in the Northwest region. Only one map at the beginning of the book and another part way through actually label some points referred to in the text. Many points appear in text, but are not shown on the two maps. If it is assumed readers will have access to classroom maps of the area, then the readership is limited to students. 2004, Enslow Publishers, Ages 10 to 14.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury
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Gr 6-9-Warrick traces the search for the Northwest Passage from the 15th to the 20th century. Describing John Cabot's and Jacques Cartier's efforts and, finally, Roald Amundsen's success in 1906, the book details the many explorers and their crews who lost their lives. Amundsen succeeded, the book asserts, because he learned from the Native Netsilik how to survive the harsh climate. These conditions and the struggles of the explorers are related through the accessible text and black-and-white illustrations and photos. A time line is included. A worthwhile addition to history collections.-Carol Fazioli, formerly at The Brearley School, New York City Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766021488
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Series: In American History Ser.
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Franklin's Final Voyage 7
2 Search for a New Trade Route 21
3 Brave Explorers in Small Ships 33
4 Sir John Barrow's Push for Arctic Exploration 44
5 Overland Search for the Northwest Passage 55
6 Four Arctic Winters 67
7 Along the Coast of North America 77
8 Search and Discovery 84
9 Navigating the Passage 93
10 The Northwest Passage on the Map 104
Timeline 117
Chapter Notes 120
Further Reading 124
Internet Addresses 125
Index 126
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