The Atlas of North American Exploration: From the Norse Voyages to the Race to the Pole

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An authoritative and beautiful new standard in history and geography reference--co-authored by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. Organized chronologically by region, each of the 84 double-page spreads covers a particular expedition led by explorers such as Henry Hudson, Hernando de Soto, Daniel Boone, Cabeza de Vaca, and others. 150 color illustrations; 80 full-color maps.

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To me you can see and understand so much more history in a map than long wordy explanations, this is great. There are some problems with the accompanying dialog, sometimes it does not match the map ... Read full review

The atlas of North American exploration: from the Norse voyages to the race to the pole

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This survey atlas, emphasizing exploration from the late 1400s to the late 1800s, is firmly directed toward a general audience. It features excellent color maps and illustrations with two-page spreads ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
9
A Continent on the Edge of the World
18
THE SPANISH BORDERLANDS
32
North to California
38
The Opening of the Continent
44
THE QUEST FOR THE WESTERN
58
The French Reach the
64
Expanding Frontiers
70
Tracing the Mainland Coast
132
FUR TRADE AND EMPIRES
146
THE GREAT RECONNAISSANCE
158
Grand Canyon Country
164
THE GREAT SURVEYS
170
Yellowstones Grand Drama
176
Cold and Tragic Shores
190
The Big Nail
198

THE TRANSMISSISSIPPI WEST
89
The Land of the Mandan
96
The Search for the River of the West
104
Traders to the Pacific
118
Index
210
Acknowledgements
223
Copyright

About the author (1992)

William Goetzmann was born in 1931 in St. Paul Minnesota. He received his BA and PhD from Yale University. He also taught taught at Yale before going to the University of Texas at Austin to develop his American Studies program. He was a historian and emeritus professor in American studies at the University of Texas in Austin. He won the Parkman Prize and Pulitzer Prize for historians for his work on the American west. His written works are focused on the topics of American philosophy, American political history and American arts. He wrote Beyond the Revolution: A History of American Thought From Paine to Pragmatism in 2009. Willaim Goetzmann died on September 7, 2010.

GLYNDWR WILLIAMS is Emeritus Professor of History, Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London.

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