A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World

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Macmillan, Apr 29, 2008 - History - 445 pages
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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.

  

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It was educational, entertaining, and easy to read. - Goodreads
Terrific piece of popular history writing. - Goodreads
Extrememly well researched and documented. - Goodreads
Entertaining and educational! - Goodreads
Tony Horwitz has such an interesting writing style. - Goodreads
Excellent ! Horwitz is a terrific travel writer. - Goodreads

Review: A Voyage Long and Strange: On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, and Other Adventurers in Early America

User Review  - Leigh Mann - Goodreads

Fascinating and informative. A very readable way to learn about some of the people who came to America before the Pilgrims. My one complaint is the Dutch are once again overlooked. Read full review

Review: A Voyage Long and Strange: On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, and Other Adventurers in Early America

User Review  - Jackson Burnett - Goodreads

This book needs a more manageable title. I never can remember it and if you read it, I suspect you'll have the same experience. This is a travel/history book. The author visits historical locations of ... Read full review

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Contents

THE LOST CENTURY
1
DISCOVERY
9
CONQUEST
115
SETTLEMENT
263
NOTE ON SOURCES
391
BIBLIOGRAPHY
409
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
421
INDEX
427
Copyright

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Tony Horwitz is the bestselling author of Midnight Rising, A Voyage Long and Strange, Blue Latitudes, Confederates in the Attic, and Baghdad Without a Map. He is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked for The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. He lives in Martha's Vineyard with his wife, Geraldine Brooks, and their two sons.

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