A Book of Discovery

by M. B. Synge

Description:  A fascinating account of the world's famous explorers, including the early travelers in ancient times, the discovery of the New World, explorations in Africa and Australia, and the expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. Many of the explorers tell part of their story in their own words. Amply illustrated with reproductions of early maps and charts, as well as old woodcuts, drawings, paintings, and miniatures. Emphasis is placed on the explorers' 'record of splendid endurance, of hardships bravely borne, of silent toil, of courage and resolution unequalled in the annals of mankind, of self-sacrifice unrivalled and faithful lives laid ungrudgingly down.'

Additional information:

Ages:  12-18
Length:  527 pages
Format:  Paperback, Ebook
Illustrations:  Black and white (paperback)
                     Black and white, color (ebook)
Year published:  2007
ISBN:  978-1-59915-192-2
Genres:  History, World History

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Table of Contents

1.       A Little Old World

2.       Early Mariners

3.       Is the World Flat?

4.       Herodotus—the Traveller

5.       Alexander the Great Explores India

6.       Pytheas Finds the British Isles

7.       Julius Caesar as Explorer

8.       Strabo's Geography

9.       The Roman Empire and Pliny

10.     Ptolemy's Maps

11.     Pilgrim Travellers

12.     Irish Explorers

13.     After Mohammed

14.     The Vikings Sail the Northern Seas

15.     Arab Wayfarers

16.     Travellers to the East

17.     Marco Polo

18.     The End of Mediaeval Exploration

19.     Mediaeval Maps

20.     Prince Henry of Portugal

21.     Bartholomew Diaz Reaches the Stormy Cape

22.     Christopher Columbus

23.     A Great New World

24.     Vasco da Gama Reaches India

25.     Discovery of the Spice Islands

26.     Balboa Sees the Pacific Ocean

27.     Magellan Sails round the World

28.     Cortes Explores and Conquers Mexico

29.     Explorers in South America

30.     Cabot Sails to Newfoundland

31.     Jacques Cartier Explores Canada

32.     Search for a North-West Passage

33.     Martin Frobisher Searches for a North-West Passage

34.     Drake's Famous Voyage round the World

35.     Davis Strait

36.     Barents Sails to Spitzbergen

37.     Hudson Finds His Bay

38.     Baffin Finds His Bay

39.     Sir Walter Raleigh Searches for El Dorado

40.     Champlain Discovers Lake Ontario

41.     Early Discoverers of Australia

42.     Tasman Finds Tasmania

43.     Dampier Discovers His Strait

44.     Behring Finds His Strait

45.     Cook Discovers New Zealand

46.     Cook's Third Voyage and Death

47.     Bruce's Travels in Abyssinia

48.     Mungo Park and the Niger

49.     Vancouver Discovers His Island

50.     Mackenzie and His River

51.     Parry Discovers Lancaster Sound

52.     The Frozen North

53.     Franklin's Land Voyage to the North

54.     Parry's Polar Voyage

55.     The Search for Timbuktu

56.     Richard and John Lander Discover the Mouth of the Niger

57.     Ross Discovers the North Magnetic Pole

58.     Flinders Names Australia

59.     Sturt's Discoveries in Australia

60.     Ross Makes Discoveries in the Antarctic Seas

61.     Franklin Discovers the North-West Passage

62.     David Livingstone

63.     Burton and Speke in Central Africa, 1856

64.     Livingston Traces Lakes Shirwa and Nyassa

65.     Expedition to Victoria Nyanza

66.     Baker Finds Albert Nyanza

67.     Livingstone's Last Journey

68.     Through the Dark Continent

69.     Nordenskiöd Accomplishes the North-East Passage

70.     The Exploration of Tibet

71.     Nansen Reaches Farthest North

72.     Peary Reaches the North Pole, 1909

73.     The Quest for the South Pole

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