America Discovered : A Historical Atlas of North American Exploration

America Discovered: A Historical Atlas of North American Exploration

By Derek Hayes
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The first Europeans to reach America sought a route through the unknown continent to the riches of the Orient--the fabled "passage to Cathay." The search would motivate traders, foreign governments, glory-seekers, and private investors for the next three hundred years. As they explored the coasts and penetrated the interior of the continent, often with the help of native information, they slowly mapped the land. Geographic myths persisted. Was there a River of the West? A great sea occupying half the country? Where was the Northwest Passage? Some chased rumours of cities paved with gold, others sought souls to convert. Here are all their fascinating stories. Whether colonizers or railway surveyors, missionaries or scientists, they were all explorers, and their exploits almost always had political ramifications. By filling in the map of North America they influenced  the course of history and ultimately changed the map of the world.   


Douglas & McIntyre
ISBN: 9781553654506
Paperback / softback
10.0 in x 12.35 in - 224 pp

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The first Europeans to reach America sought a route through the unknown continent to the riches of the Orient--the fabled "passage to Cathay." The search would motivate traders, foreign governments, glory-seekers, and private investors for the next three hundred years. As they explored the coasts and penetrated the interior of the continent, often with the help of native information, they slowly mapped the land. Geographic myths persisted. Was there a River of the West? A great sea occupying half the country? Where was the Northwest Passage? Some chased rumours of cities paved with gold, others sought souls to convert. Here are all their fascinating stories. Whether colonizers or railway surveyors, missionaries or scientists, they were all explorers, and their exploits almost always had political ramifications. By filling in the map of North America they influenced  the course of history and ultimately changed the map of the world.   

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Douglas & McIntyre
ISBN: 9781553654506
Paperback / softback
10.0 in x 12.35 in - 224 pp