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A Voyage Long and Strange

Rediscovering the New World
Horwitz, Tony, 1958- (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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An irresistible blend of history, myth, and misadventure, A Voyage Long and Strange captures the wonder and drama of first contact. Vikings, conquistadors, French voyageurs--these and many others roamed an unknown continent in quest of grapes, gold, converts, even a cure for syphilis. Though most failed, their remarkable exploits left an enduring mark on the land and people encountered by late-arriving English settlers.--From publisher description.
Authors: Horwitz, Tony, 1958-
Statement of Responsibility: Tony Horwitz
Title: A voyage long and strange
rediscovering the new world
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., c2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xii, 445 p. : ill., maps (1 col. map) ; 25 cm.
Notes: Color map on end papers
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: Vinland : go west, young Norseman
1492 : the hidden half of the globe
Santo Domingo : the Columbus jinx
Dominican Republic : you think there are still Indians?
Gulf coast : naked and lost in the new world
The Southwest : to the seven cities of stone
The plains : adrift in a sea of grass
The South : De Soto does Dixie
The Mississippi : conquistador's last stand
Florida : fountain of youth, river of blood
Roanoke : lost in the lost colony
Jamestown : the captain and the naturals
Plymouth : tale of two rocks
Summary: An irresistible blend of history, myth, and misadventure, A Voyage Long and Strange captures the wonder and drama of first contact. Vikings, conquistadors, French voyageurs--these and many others roamed an unknown continent in quest of grapes, gold, converts, even a cure for syphilis. Though most failed, their remarkable exploits left an enduring mark on the land and people encountered by late-arriving English settlers.--From publisher description.
Subject Headings: Explorers America History Explorers North America History America Discovery and exploration North America Discovery and exploration
Topical Term: Explorers
Explorers
LCCN: 2007045883
ISBN: 9780805076035
0805076034
Branch Call Number: 970.01 H
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Mar 03, 2014
  • KCLSRecommends rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Another great book by Horwitz, exploring the nearly forgotten century of exploration in North American between Columbus in 1492 and the Pilgrims in the 1620s...!

Apr 11, 2013
  • JCLAshleyF rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Tony Horwitz recreates historical voyages of European exploration and conquest of North America. The book intermingles Horwitz's modern day experiences with historical facts and accounts. Funny, irreverent, and informative this book is great for readers of history who don't want a textbook.

The first chapter about Viking explorers in North America captivated me, as well as Tony Horwitz's travel anecdotes to places most of us might never think or plan to visit. I enjoyed his account and visual descriptions of what it is like to trek up to the far northern reaches of Canada. He encounters locals working in a lonely "living" Viking museum and then navigates to a first peoples pow-wow miles away. Other chapters take you to the American Southwest, the Great Plains, and the Dominican Republic.

I read this book to kill time while traveling and waiting in airports, and I had a great time!

Oct 06, 2011
  • mstockwe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was well written. It was informative without being dry. I think it shows that the history lessons that we are taught in school are determined by the victors and the powers that be. A rich book that cannot be read through too quickly. I worthwhile read if you are looking for something to savor.

Aug 11, 2011
  • ijaeger rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is writen in a clear, concise and always interesting manner. One of the best books on American history for the person who does not want to be bored with irrelevant details

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