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John Cabot and the rediscovery of North America
Shields, Charles J., 1951-
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Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Chelsea House, [2002]

Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm.

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Central Library E129.C1 S55 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Biography
Clarence Library E129.C1 S55 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
Collins Library E129.C1 S55 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
Grand Island Library E129.C1 S55 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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-- Biographies of some of the most important explorers the world has known -- Ideal for research or class use -- Written in accessible, easily understood language -- Complements school curriculum This Italian explorer became the first European since the Vikings to reach the North American mainland.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-These volumes follow a winning formula: accessible text, abundant and diverse illustrative material, and sidebars that distill the main ideas of each chapter. While nearly a century separates these men, their stories contain interesting similarities. Both were obsessed with searching North America for a long-rumored waterway to the Orient; both cultivated the financial support of heads of state from countries other than their own, creating controversy for themselves and compromising their ability to afford successive ventures; and both eventually set out on voyages from which they never returned. Since little is known of the explorers' youth and formative years, the authors concentrate on their bold expeditions, the grueling details of their lives at sea, and their ultimate role in charting a continent that was mysterious and virtually unknown to Europeans. Saffer offers a colorful portrayal of Hudson as a shrewd and headstrong adventurer who repeatedly ignored the contractual orders of his benefactors and set sail wherever his whims took him. The chapter detailing Hudson's 1609 voyage to present-day Staten Island and New Jersey, diverting up the river that would bear his name, is particularly lively. Shields extols Cabot's entrepreneurial skills and credits him with bringing into focus the topography of the land. Both authors succeed in describing the political, social, and religious intrigue that swirled around their subjects and constantly affected their lives. These books will find eager audiences among report writers and browsers looking for high adventure.-William McLoughlin, Brookside School, Worthington, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Although John Cabot sailed west from England a few years after Christopher Columbus, he was actually the first European to set foot on the North American continent since the Vikings. Cabot understood what Columbus never truly did: a New World had been discovered. Cabot's voyages laid the groundwork for the colonization of North America. Excerpted from John Cabot and the Rediscovery of North America by Charles J. Shields 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.

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