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by R. Humble

Download The Explorers epub
ISBN: 0809426587
ISBN13: 978-0809426584
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Transportation
Author: R. Humble
Language: English
Publisher: Time-Life, Incorporated (September 1, 1978)
ePUB size: 1284 kb
FB2 size: 1754 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 611
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book arrived quickly and was in great condition. loaded with artwork helps bring the stories to life. haven't had the chance to get all the way thru the book but so far its been excellent.
Item as billed, dates from the 1980s, so is something that it is preserved to this extent. Thumb's way up!
Please read my review of "The Achient Mariners" from this same series. To understand the quality and gist of the Outstanding Series.
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The Explorers is one of twenty-two volumes in the Time-Life book series The Seafarers. This series celebrates the spirit of maritime adventure, from ancient times to the twentieth century. This volume tells the story of the four greatest explorers of the Age of Exploration: Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama, Christopher Columbus, and Ferdinand Magellan.

Medieval Europeans were aware of the riches of Asia as a result of the writings of Venetian Marco Polo. However, the Venetians maintained a monopoly on trade with Asia via the Moslems; both the Venetians and the Moslems denied other European nations overland access to Asia. Wanting to find a water trade route around Africa to Asia (and ally himself with the legendary Christian king Prester John to defeat the Moslems), Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal commissioned a series of voyages on the west coast of Africa in the 1400s. By 1488 Bartolomeu Dias journeyed around the southern tip of Africa to the Indian Ocean and back. Spain, a rival of Portugal, sent Christopher Columbus to find a water route to Asia via the Atlantic in 1492. Portugal, not wanting to be outdone by Spain, commissioned Vasco da Gama to sail to India and back between 1497 and 1499; this voyage resulted in a Portuguese monopoly on the trade route around Africa to India and the breaking up the Moslem dominated trade network on the west coast of India. In 1519 Ferdinand Magellan-a Portuguese soldier who sailed for Spain-set out to succeed where Columbus failed and began a journey around South America to Asia. Though Magellan died in battle in the Philippines, his ship Victoria (commanded by Juan del Cano) completed the first circumnavigation around the world in 1522.

Author Richard Humble has done an excellent job of describing the voyages of these intrepid explorers and explaining how seamanship, navigational skills, determination, optimism, luck, and an iron will led these explorers to succeed in their voyages. The rivalry between Spain and Portugal is also skillfully portrayed. Numerous illustrations enhance the fast-moving narrative. If you are looking for an excellent introduction to four of the greatest explorers in history I highly recommend The Explorers.
I used to have a copy of this book but it got lost in a move, it's a good reference and basic primer on the age of exploration. I like to think I have outgrown time life books because of their tendency to add a bit of bias to their books and leave stuff out that doesn't agree with the initial narrative.

But I bought this because I like the information and the book itself is wonderful, solid binding and mine was delivered in as new condition. And the price could not be beat.
Happy with your service. The book arrived in perfect condition, on time. I gave my son the set as a Christmas gift.