The Race to the New World: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of Discovery

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St. Martin's Press, Sep 13, 2011 - History - 288 pages

The final decade of the fifteenth century was a turning point in world history. The Genoese mariner Christopher Columbus sailed westward on the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, famously determined to discover for Spain a shorter and more direct route to the riches of the Indies. Meanwhile, a fellow Italian explorer for hire, John Cabot, set off on his own journey, under England's flag. Here, Douglas Hunter tells the fascinating tale of how, during this expedition, Columbus gained a rival. In the space of a few critical years, these two men engaged in a high-stakes race that threatened the precarious diplomatic balance of Europe-to exploit what they believed was a shortcut to staggering wealth. Instead, they found a New World that neither was looking for. Hunter provides a revelatory look at how the lives of Columbus and Cabot were interconnected, and how neither explorer can be understood properly without understanding both. Together, Cabot and Columbus provide a novel and important perspective on the first years of European experience of the New World.


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User Review  - sherman1951 - LibraryThing

Douglas Hunter’s book The Race to the New World has several story lines. Clearly Christopher Columbus and John Cabot are prominent features of the story. But the side story about historian Alwyn Amy ... Read full review

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User Review  - ryan.adams - LibraryThing

At a amateur history buff, I really enjoyed this book. It recounts some of the shared history of Christopher Columbus and John Cabot and how they were both exploring for new paths to the riches, only ... Read full review


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Douglas Hunter won Canada's National Business Book Award in 2003 for The Bubble and the Bear. His book God's Mercies was named a finalist for both the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize and the Governor-General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. His work has appeared in newspapers such as National Post, The Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star. He has also written and filmed commentaries for CBC Radio. He currently writes an occasional column for the Midland Free Press and contributes essays to National Post and the Globe & Mail's Globe Books online.

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