The Race to the New World: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of Discovery

The Race to the New World: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of Discovery

by Douglas Hunter

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The Race to the New World: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of Discovery by Douglas Hunter

The final decade of the fifteenth century was a turning point in world history. The Genoese mariner Christopher Columbus sailed westward on the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, famously determined to discover for Spain a shorter and more direct route to the riches of the Indies. Meanwhile, a fellow Italian explorer for hire, John Cabot, set off on his own journey, under England's flag. Here, Douglas Hunter tells the fascinating tale of how, during this expedition, Columbus gained a rival. In the space of a few critical years, these two men engaged in a high-stakes race that threatened the precarious diplomatic balance of Europe-to exploit what they believed was a shortcut to staggering wealth. Instead, they found a New World that neither was looking for. Hunter provides a revelatory look at how the lives of Columbus and Cabot were interconnected, and how neither explorer can be understood properly without understanding both. Together, Cabot and Columbus provide a novel and important perspective on the first years of European experience of the New World.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230340527
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 732 KB

About the Author

Douglas Hunter won Canada's National Business Book Award in 2003 for The Bubble and the Bear. His book God's Mercies was named a finalist for both the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize and the Governor-General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. His work has appeared in newspapers such as National Post, The Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star. He has also written and filmed commentaries for CBC Radio. He currently writes an occasional column for the Midland Free Press and contributes essays to National Post and the Globe&Mail's Globe Books online.
Douglas Hunter is the author of Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage that Redrew the Map of the New World, and God's Mercies: Rivalry, Betrayal, and the Dream of Discovery, a finalist for both the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize and the Governor-General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. He was awarded Canada's National Business Book Award for The Bubble and the Bear: How Nortel Burst the Canadian Dream. He is a doctoral candidate in history at York University, and is one of Canada's Vanier Scholars and the 2012 recipient of the William E. Taylor Fellowship, which recognizes Canada's outstanding doctoral candidate in social sciences and the humanities.

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