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Opening up North America, 1497-1800

Describes the history of voyages to the United States and Canada, including those of Alexander Mackenzie, John Cabot, Giovanni da Verrazano, Jacques Cartier, and David Thompson. Opens with Alexander MacKenzie's 1793 journey across North America to the Pacific Ocean and covers discovery and exploration in North America from 1497 through 1800. An examination of some of the earliest accounts of Egyptian and Mesopotamian explorations. An account of Dr. David Livingstone's search for the source of the Nile River in the jungles of central Africa in 1871. The exciting story of the ascent to the summit of Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain, by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. A description of the race to the North Pole and all that it entailed, including various explorers' theories on how to achieve this goal. The epic saga of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery and their journey across America. The dramatic story of the explosion that damaged Apollo 13 and the three-day struggle of the men inside, along with those in mission command on the ground, culminating in their safe return to Earth, and more. Each book's gripping narrative shares these events appeal with readers while firsthand accounts of characters, climate, and terrain will help them see discovery and exploration from a fresh perspective. Includes black-and-white illustrations, maps, sidebars, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index
Print Book, English, ©2005
Facts On File, New York, ©2005
xii, 196 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
9780816052615, 0816052611
Triumph and disappointment : 1789-1793
The race for spices and the land of codfish : 1497-1509
France and Spain along the Mid-Atlantic coast : 1504-1536
Jacques Cartier's voyages : 1534-1543
Spanish, French, and English failures : mid-16th century
Europeans colonize and contest northeastern America : early 17th century
The French lead the way : 1607-1635
Furs, friars, and French exploration : 1635-1673
La Salle's adventures and wartime misery : 1673-1715
Gaining knowledge-coming to blows : 1715-1756
Wartime and exploration : 1754-1783
In the footsteps of Mackenzie : 1783-1800
North America in 1800