Accidental Explorers

Accidental Explorers : Surprises and Side Trips in the History of Discovery

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"Extraordinary Explorers" is a three-volume set that documents the lives and deeds of well-known explorers as well as some of the travellers and explorers who do not appear in traditional history books. Each book focuses on one extraordinary aspect of exploration. "Accidental Explorers" describes explorers who set out to look for one thing but found something else entirely, or who made marvellous discoveries by accident or sheer luck. Jebediah Smith, who pioneered the overland crossing to California, John Cabot's voyage to Newfoundland, Jacques Cartier's voyages to Newfoundland and the Gulf of St Lawrence, Frobisher's discovery of Frobisher Bay, and Henry Morton Stanley, the newspaperman who explored central Africa, are just a few examples.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 152 pages
  • 220.98 x 281.94 x 15.24mm | 725.74g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 pp colour and numerous black and white illustrations
  • 0195076850
  • 9780195076851

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"Stefoff does an excellent job describing these stories in a manner that is easily understood.... A well-written book that transports the audience into the Age of Exploration and beyond."--OAH Magazine of Historyshow more