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Historical atlas of exploration, 1492-1600
Konstam, Angus.
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Publication Information:
New York : Checkmark Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
191 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 31 cm
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Includes index.
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G95 .K66 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
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G95 .K66 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Developed in association with the National Maritime Museum

Author Notes

Originally from the Orkney Islands, Angus Konstam was the curator of arms and armor at the Tower of London and is currently the chief curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, FL, setting up major exhibitions throughout the eastern seaboard of North America. He is the author of Historical Atlas of Exploration for Facts On File/Checkmark Books and lives in Key West.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Renowned historian and museum curator Konstam, in association with the National Maritime Museum, has produced a masterly account of exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries. After the formation of nation-states at the end of the Middle Ages, Spain, Portugal, France, Holland, and England sent expeditions to find routes to China and the Indies. Because of its geographic position and the leadership of Prince Henry the Navigator, Portugal was at the forefront, charting the route around Africa. Spain explored the Caribbean and southeast North America, the Dutch and Portuguese reached the Indies late in the 15th century, and the English and the French explored what would become Canada and the northern United States. Lavishly illustrated with maps, charts, and paintings, this book includes informative chapters on the construction of ships and the navigational science of the era. Essential for all public and college libraries, this is an enjoyable book for lay readers as well as specialists.DStanley Itkin, Hillside P.L., New Hyde Park, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Developed in association with the National Maritime Museum, Historical Atlas of Exploration shows how humankind's thirst for knowledge and increasing ability to act on ambition created an age of adventure and discovery. The period is a fascinating one, as Europeans emerged from the psychological and physical confinement of the Middle Ages into the flowering of the Renaissance era. From the sponsorship of early explorers by rival European powers to the creation of a new world empire in the Americas, the book chronicles what is still seen as the golden age of exploration throughout the New World. Coverage includes: Biographies of the famous navigators of the day, the voyages they undertook, and the ships they sailed More than 140 carefully chosen illustrations that capture the spirit of each period Detailed full-color maps that chart the gradual discovery of new lands, making it easy for students and researchers to follow the travels of each explorer across the globe A continuous timeline of dates and events and more. Explorers and topics include: Africa in the 15th century and the landings of Gonçalo Cabral and Bartolomeu Dias Navigation in the 16th century Christopher Columbus, the Pinzón Brothers, and Pánfilo de Narváez Vasco de Gama, Pedro Cabral, and sea routes to the Indies John Cabot, Juan Ponce de León, Giovanni da Verrazzano, and the exploration of North America South and Central American cultures, around-the-world explorations, and the search for the Northwest Passage and more. Excerpted from Historical Atlas of Exploration: 1492-1600 by Angus Konstam All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
The Age of Discoveryp. 8
Chapter 1 Europe in the 15th Centuryp. 12
Dynastic Portugalp. 14
Fragmented Spainp. 16
England and Francep. 18
The Church and the Popep. 20
Chapter 2 An African Preludep. 22
Prince Henry the Navigatorp. 24
North and West Africa in the 15th Centuryp. 26
Goncalo Cabral and Gil Eannes The Canariesp. 28
Alvise da Cadamosto and Diogo Gomes Cape Verdep. 30
Diogo Cao West Africap. 32
Bartolomeu Dias Cape of Good Hopep. 34
Chapter 3 Wind and Currentp. 36
Ships of Discoveryp. 38
Navigation in the Age of Discoveryp. 42
Chapter 4 Across the Ocean Seap. 44
Christopher Columbus The Caribbean Basinp. 46
Pre-Columbian Caribbean Culturesp. 52
Martin and Vicente Pinzon The Caribbean Basinp. 54
Panfilo de Narvaez Cubap. 56
Foundation of the Early Settlementsp. 58
Chapter 5 Sea Routes to the Indiesp. 60
Vasco da Gama Indiap. 62
India in 1498p. 66
Pedro Alvarez Cabral Brazil by accidentp. 68
Diego Lopes de Sequeira Spice Islandsp. 70
Alfonso de Albuquerque India and Malayap. 72
Chapter 6 The Coastline of North Americap. 74
John Cabot Newfoundlandp. 76
Native Cultures of the Atlantic Coastp. 80
Gaspar and Miguel Corte-Real Central seaboardp. 82
Sebastian Cabot Southern seaboardp. 84
Juan Ponce de Leon Floridap. 86
Giovanni da Verrazzano Atlantic seaboardp. 88
Chapter 7 The Discovery of South Americap. 90
Amerigo Vespucci South American coastp. 92
Alonso de Ojeda Colombiap. 94
The Conquistadors: Winning an Empirep. 96
Francisco Pizarro Perup. 98
South American Culture in the 16th Centuryp. 102
The Inca Empirep. 104
Francisco de Orellana Amazonp. 106
Chapter 8 The Conquest of Central Americap. 108
The Maya Culturep. 110
The Aztecsp. 112
Vasco Nunez de Balboa Pacific Oceanp. 114
Pedro de Alvarado Central Americap. 116
Hernan Cortez Mexicop. 118
Juan de la Cosa Mappa Mundip. 122
Chapter 9 The Pacific and Around the Globep. 124
Ferdinand Magellan circumnavigationp. 126
Miguel Lopez de Legazpi Philippinesp. 132
Alvaro Mendana de Neyra Solomon Islandsp. 133
St. Francis Xavier Japanp. 136
Japan in the 16th Centuryp. 138
China in the 16th Centuryp. 140
Sir Francis Drake circumnavigationp. 142
Chapter 10 The Northwest Passagep. 144
Jacques Cartier St. Lawrencep. 146
Martin Frobisher Baffin Islandp. 150
John Davis Davis Straitp. 152
Willoughby and Chancellor Northeast passagep. 154
The Arctic Wastep. 156
Chapter 11 Inland Questsp. 158
Hernando de Soto Mississippip. 160
American Cultures of the Southwestp. 164
Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca New Mexicop. 166
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado Californiap. 168
In Search of Mythsp. 170
Chapter 12 Mapping the Discoveriesp. 172
Charting Africap. 172
Lands of Silk and Spicesp. 174
Beyond the Western Seap. 176
The New Worldp. 178
Chapter 13 The Prize and Legacy of Discoveryp. 180
The Spanish New World Empirep. 182
The Portuguese Seaborne Empirep. 184
A World Brought Togetherp. 186
Appendix The Explorersp. 190
Indexp. 190