• A Book of Discovery (Yesterday's Classics)

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    Although other nations also participated, it was the British and the French who dominated Pacific exploration in the eighteenth century. Spain quickly colonized North America. In 1513, Ponce de Leon discovered Florida while searching for the mythical Fountain of Youth. Meanwhile the ship was ploughing the sea—the winds were sluggish and all speed slow." As an era of exploration and discovery the Nineteenth Century vies with that of which Columbus was the central figure. This colony was captured by the Dutch under Abraham Crijnsen during the Second Anglo-Dutch War.
  • Sterling Point Books®: Stampede for Gold: The Story of the

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    Within the town, merchants lived in wooden houses thatched with palm leaves. He was, therefore, surprised to find as he rounded the Cape that the current had ceased, or, in his own words, the "ebb came to an end." One of these companies, SpaceX, became the first to launch a privately funded liquid-fueled rocket into Orbit, the Falcon 1. Rumours had reached them of the wealth of the mysterious land of Cathay, of the Great Khan, of Europeans making their way, as we have seen, through barren wildernesses, across burning deserts in the face of hardships indescribable, to open up a highway to the Far East.
  • Pedro Alvares Cabral: First European Explorer of Brazil

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    The colonists were led to believe that the land was terra nullius (‘no one’s land’), which Lt James Cook declared Australia to be in 1770 during his voyage around the coast of Australia. “… they were so ignorant they thought there was only one race on the earth and that was the white race. Families were ready to risk their lives on long, dangerous journeys to find new land to farm. The Project Gutenberg e-Book of A Book of Discovery, by M. Interestingly, Matthew Flinders is believed to have been an accomplished flute player, unusual for a Royal Navy Commander.
  • 1493 for Young People: From Columbus's Voyage to

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    The Portuguese also gathered pepper from Malabar and Indonesia; mace and nutmeg from the Banda Islands; cloves from the Moluccas, cinnamon from Ceylon; horses from Arabia; among other precious commodities. In this secluded spot, far from the gaieties of Court life, with the vast Atlantic rolling measureless and mysterious before him, Prince Henry took up the study of astronomy and mathematics. And this most remarkable lake lay eight hundred feet above the Atlantic, between the watersheds of Nile, Niger, and Congo.
  • Who Traveled to the Moon? (Primary Source Detectives)

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    They believed they would find expensive jewels and riches. They became the first living beings to survive a trip into space. To encourage construction of railroads, the legislature in 1854 granted lands to railroad companies; the amount of land was based on the miles of track that each company laid. State residents have also discovered (and uncovered) a wealth of knowledge and resources. Synge So, accompanied by Tippu-Tib, with a hundred and forty guns and seventy spearmen, they started along the banks of the river which Stanley now named the Livingstone River. "On the 5th of November 1876," says Stanley, "a force of about seven hundred people, consisting of Tippu-Tib's slaves and my expedition departed from the town of Nyangwe and entered the dismal forest-land north.
  • Jolliet & Marquette (Exp-New) (Explorers of the New Worlds)

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    Discovery and Development of Penicillin. http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemistry/landmarks/flemingpenicillin.html (accessed Month Day, Year). From Matthew of Paris's Itinerary, thirteenth century. Failing to subdue the Indians, Coronado responded brutally, laying a winter-long siege to a town, burning resisters at the stake, enslaving hundreds, and driving many Indians to suicide (as did de Soto). Peary was leading. "I felt the keenest exhilaration as I climbed over the ridge and breasted the keen air sweeping over the mighty ice, pure and straight from the Pole itself."
  • Marco Polo and His Journey to China (Focus)

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    But they stood like statues, without motion, but grinn'd like so many monkeys staring one upon another. On his way back to England as a passenger in the Porpoise, with charts and journals, to organise another vessel to replace the Investigator, Flinders was shipwrecked on a coral reef east of the Queensland coast. The motivations for colonial expansion were trade and the spread of the Christian faith through indigenous conversions.
  • Trade Route Explorers

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    Jean de Brebeuf was one such missionary whose life and fate parallels to some extent the fictional character of Father LaForgue. THE PILLARS OF HERCULES, AS SHOWN IN A MEDIÆVAL MAP. All that valley was likewise occupied by serpents and venomous snakes." They ripped open seams, tore out the lining, and a quantity of precious stones, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, and emeralds poured forth. On 5th August the explorer successfully passed through the Yugor Strait into the Kara Sea, which was fairly free from ice, and five weeks later sailed past Cape Chelyuskin, the northernmost point of the Old World. "The land was low and desolate," says Nansen. "The sun had long since gone down behind the sea; only one star was to be seen.
  • Colonial Life

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    Some attempted, unsuccessfully, to reach the farthest corners of the globe—such as a 1773 British Admiralty expedition to the North Pole. The history also offers some insights into the complex social and political situation now challenging our industry in these countries. Then, on October 12, 1492, as the exhausted sailors grew closer to mutiny, lookout Roderigo de Triana spied land from his perch atop the mast of the Pinta.
  • Exploration and Colonization (Bloom's Literary Themes)

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    Mines offered the opportunity to excavate valuable minerals and realize the vast fortunes the early Europeans imagined for decades. All were in the highest spirits, determined to solve the mystery of the North-West Passage once and for all! The small Greenland settlements were stretched beyond the limits of their ability to support a V�nland settlement that was several weeks' sail away. Menzies believes that the two vice-admirals, both eunuchs (as was the custom for captains), arrived in Australia in 1422 - Hong on the west coast, Zhou on the east - and spent several months exploring, landing in several places.