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Toward the setting sun : Columbus, Cabot, Vespucci, and the race for America

Author: David Boyle
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co. : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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When Constantinople fell to the Ottomans in 1453, the long-established trade routes to the East became treacherous and expensive. Enterprising young men took to the sea in search of new lands, new routes, new markets, and of course the possibility of glory and vast fortunes. Historian Boyle reveals that the race was, in fact, as much about commerce and trade as it was about discovery and conquest. Contrary to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
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Boyle, David, 1958-
Toward the setting sun.
New York : Walker & Co. : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, 2008
(OCoLC)681669050
Named Person: Christopher Columbus; Amerigo Vespucci; John Cabot; John Cabot; Christopher Columbus; Amerigo Vespucci; Cristoforo Colombo; Giovanni Caboto; Amerigo Vespucci; Christopher Columbus; Amerigo Vespucci; John Cabot
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Boyle
ISBN: 9780802716514 0802716512
OCLC Number: 190620069
Description: 421 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Setting sail --
Paradise lost --
Maps --
The enterprise --
In debt --
Triumph and disaster --
Heading North --
Strange meetings --
The finish line --
The New World --
The meaning of The New World --
Postscript: stars and stripes.
Responsibility: David Boyle.
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When Constantinople fell to the Ottomans in 1453, the long-established trade routes to the East became treacherous and expensive. Enterprising young men took to the sea in search of new lands, new routes, new markets, and of course the possibility of glory and vast fortunes. Historian Boyle reveals that the race was, in fact, as much about commerce and trade as it was about discovery and conquest. Contrary to popular belief, Cabot, Columbus, and Vespucci not only knew of each other, they were well acquainted. As each attempted to curry favor with various monarchs across Europe, they used news of the others' successes and failures to further their claims and to garner support from investors. The intrigue, espionage, and treachery that abounded in the courts of Europe provide a compelling backdrop for the intersection of dreams and business ventures that led the way to our modern world.--From publisher description.

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