A Voyage Long And Strange: Rediscovering The New World

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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. Tony Horwitz. Map On Liner Pages. Includes Bibliographical References (p. [409]-420) And Index.

Author : Horwitz, Tony , 1958-2019

Publisher : Henry Holt And Co.

Published Year : 2008

Edition : 1

Format : print - Hardcover, 464 pages

Subject : Explorers--History, Explorers--America--History, Explorers--North America--History, Discovery and exploration, E101 .H77 2008, 970.01

Language : English

Dimensions : xii, 445 p. : ill., maps (some col.) ; 25 cm.

ISBN : 0805076034

ISBN13 : 9780805076035


Overview :

The bestselling author of Blue Latitudes takes us on a thrilling and eye-opening voyage to pre-Mayflower America

On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realizes he’s mislaid more than a century of American history, from Columbus’s sail in 1492 to Jamestown’s founding in 16-oh-something. Did nothing happen in between? Determined to find out, he embarks on a journey of rediscovery, following in the footsteps of the many Europeans who preceded the Pilgrims to America.

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.

Tracing this legacy with his own epic trek—from Florida’s Fountain of Youth to Plymouth’s sacred Rock, from desert pueblos to subarctic sweat lodges—Tony Horwitz explores the revealing gap between what we enshrine and what we forget. Displaying his trademark talent for humor, narrative, and historical insight, A Voyage Long and Strange allows us to rediscover the New World for ourselves.