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Vasco Da Gama and the Sea Route to India

Vasco Da Gama and the Sea Route to India

by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack
     
 
On July 8, 1497, Vasco da Gama set out to find a sea route to the East Indies. He returned 27,000 miles later, having accomplished the impossible. Da Gama brought back stories of a marketplace overflowing with riches-gold, exotic spices, expensive cloths, emeralds, rubies, and diamonds. The brave seaman with an iron will courageously charted waters no other Portuguese

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On July 8, 1497, Vasco da Gama set out to find a sea route to the East Indies. He returned 27,000 miles later, having accomplished the impossible. Da Gama brought back stories of a marketplace overflowing with riches-gold, exotic spices, expensive cloths, emeralds, rubies, and diamonds. The brave seaman with an iron will courageously charted waters no other Portuguese sailor had ever seen. He opened a European trade route with one of the wealthiest areas of the world. He brought great wealth and power to his country. And with it he brought the anger, hatred, and mistrust of the people of faraway India.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Laura Ruttig
This brief book offers a fascinating depiction of the life and voyages of Vasco da Gama, who was the first Portuguese sailor to make the journey around the Cape of Good Hope to India. The author does an excellent job of balancing descriptions of da Gama's cruelty and temper with his strengths as a leader and navigator. Short chapters make the reading fast paced, and unusual sidebars and intriguing illustrations help break up the text. These sidebars provide brief introductions to many seafaring topics, including navigation, time-keeping, and the types of ships used in the period. In addition, although the topic might be interesting regardless, Koestler-Grack's choice of entertaining details and action-packed narration give the reading an enthralling edge that is sure to hook even reluctant readers. Finally, for classroom use, each chapter ends with a brief quiz for reading comprehension. A time line and glossary are provided at the back of the text.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-These introductions focus on the explorers' voyages and how those journeys influenced further European exploration. The authors describe the myriad dangers of life at sea, the uncertainties of navigating unfamiliar waters, encounters with friendly and hostile native peoples, and the demands of the kings and queens who financed the expeditions. The writing is objective, describing the subjects' bravery and determination as well as their often-condescending and occasionally cruel treatment of the men they commanded and the people they encountered. Although there are chapter notes, sourcing is limited, and the authors use some geographical and nautical terms without adequate definition. A short multiple-choice quiz appears at the end of each chapter. The illustrations are a mixture of period art and generic contemporary photos. The maps of the voyages are not detailed, making it difficult for readers to follow some of the text. Each title has the same introduction. While these books are adequate for reports, they are not as strong as Albert Marrin's outstanding The Sea King: Sir Francis Drake and His Times (S & S, 1995) or Joan Elizabeth Goodman's lavishly illustrated A Long and Uncertain Journey: The 27,000-Mile Voyage of Vasco da Gama (Mikaya, 2001). Additional choices for most collections.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791086117
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Series:
Explorers of New Lands Series
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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