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The Usborne Book of Explorers by Felicity Everett, S. Reid, Struan Reid, Peter Dennis

The Usborne Book of Explorers is about people who made daring journeys to unknown places. It begins with the remarkable adventures of travellers in ancient times, then looks at the fascinating exploits of medieval explorers like Marco Polo. The book goes on to describe the brave voyages of discovery of the 15th and 16th centuries and how they changed the way people viewed the world. As well as discussing in detail the lives and careers of the most famous explorers, it looks at the activities of lesser-known figures. Dramatic accounts of intrepid polar explorers, mountaineers and astronauts bring the book up to date. Divided into easy-to-use sections according to geographical areas, Explorers is packed with maps, charts and colourful illustrations which re-create the mystery of distant places and the thrill of discovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881105049
Publisher: EDC Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/1991
Series: Famous Lives Ser.
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 8.22(w) x 9.99(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

Table of Contents


Introduction     3
Africa
Ibn Battuta     4
The Green Sea of Darkness     6
Searching for the River Niger and Timbuktu     8
The source of the Nile     10
Exploring the heart of Africa     12
Asia
East goes west     14
Marco Polo     16
Vasco da Gama and the route to India     18
The search for the Northeast Passage     19
Americas
The Vikings reach America     20
Christopher Columbus     22
Cortes     24
The hunt for the Northwest Passage     26
The building of New France     27
Across the continent     28
Scientists and dreamers     30
Australasia
The quest for a southern continent     32
Into the interior     34
Arabia
The forbidden land     36
Circumnavigation
Around the world     38
The Poles
The race for the Poles     40
Mountains
The roof of the world     42
Undersea
Exploring the oceans     44
Space
Beyond the Earth     45
Key dates in world exploration     46
Index     48

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