Maritime Exploration in the Age of Discovery, 1415-1800 (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2006 - History - 195 pages
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Despite earlier naval expeditions undertaken for reasons of diplomacy or trade, it wasn't until the early 1400s that European maritime explorers established sea routes through most of the globe's inhabited regions, uniting a divided earth into a single system of navigation. From the early Portuguese and Spanish quests for gold and glory, to later scientific explorations of land and culture, this new understanding of the world's geography created global trade, built empires, defined taste and alliances of power, and began the journey toward the cultural, political, and economic globalization in which we live today. Ronald Love's engaging narrative chapters guide the reader from Marco Polo's exploration of the Mongol empire to Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe, the search for a Northern Passage, Henry Hudson's voyage to Greenland, the discovery of Tahiti, the perils of scurvy, mutiny, and warring empires, and the eventual extension of Western influence into almost every corner of the globe. Biographies and primary documents round out the work.
  

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Contents

Chapter 2 Portugal and the Search for a Sea Route to Asia
9
Chapter 3 Spain and the Discovery of a New World
33
Chapter 4 Circumnavigation and the Search for a Northern Passage to China
55
Chapter 5 Exploration of the Great South Sea
86
Epilogue
115
Personalities of the Age of Discovery
119
Primary Documents Relating to Maritime Discovery and Exploration
137
Glossary of Selected Terms
167
Annotated Bibliography
171
Index
185
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RONALD S. LOVE is Associate Professor of History at the University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA. He is co-editor of Distant Lands and Diverse Cultures: The French Experience in Asia, 1600-1700 (Praeger 2002). and is currently completing a book-length study of Franco-Thai relations from 1660-1690.

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