American History. Discovery of America

American History. Discovery of America

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...as practicable, to the present time. The several volumes will be illustrated with all necessary maps and with numerous engravings, and the work is intended to comprise, in a distinct and connected narrative, all that it is essential for the general reader to understand in respect to the subject of it, while for those who have time for more extended studies, it may serve as an introduction to other and more copious sources of information. The author hopes also that the work may be found useful to the young, in awakening in their minds an interest in the history of their country, and a desire for further instruction in respect to it. While it is doubtless true that such a subject can be really grasped only by minds in some degree mature, still the author believes that many young persons, especially such as are intelligent and thoughtful in disposition and character, may derive both entertainment and instruction from a perusal of these pages. CONTENTS. CHAPTER L GREENLAND. Pagh A. Connecting Link between the Old World and the New.--The Medusae.--Neither Day nor Night.--Ice Produced upon the Land.--'Formation of Icebergs.--Ice Formed upon the Sea.--Currents in the Northern Seas.--The First Recorded Migration to America.--Establishment of the Danish Colony.--Disasters.--Voyage of Lief and Biorn.--Different Opinions in Respect to these Discoveries.--The Runic Inscription. 15 CHAPTER II. COLUMBUS. Adventurous Spirit of the Fifteenth Century.--Desire for a Passage to India by Sea.--Two Routes to be Tried.--Prince Henry of Portugal.--Discovery of the Passage Round the Cape of Good Hope.--Ideas of Christopher Columbus.--Supposed Magnitude of the Earth.--Difficulties Encountered by Columbus.--Terms PASS of the Covenant.--Preparations for the...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236837479
  • 9781236837479