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A voyage long and strange : on the trail of Vikings, conquistadors, lost colonists, and other adventurers in early America

Author: Tony Horwitz
Publisher: New York : Picador USA, 2009.
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"What happened in North America between Columbus's sail in 1492 and the Pilgrims' arrival in 1620? On a visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realizes he doesn't have a clue, nor do most Americans. So he sets off across the continent to rediscover the wild era when Europeans first roamed the New World in quest of gold, glory, converts, and eternal youth. Horwitz tells the story of these brave and often crazed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Horwitz
ISBN: 9780312428327 0312428324
OCLC Number: 318375330
Notes: Originally published: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2008.
Description: xii, 445 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.
Contents: List of maps ----
Prologue: The Lost Century ----
Part I. Discovery. 1. Vinland: First Contact ---
2. 1492: The Hidden Half of the Globe ---
3. Santo Domingo: The Columbus Jinx ---
4. Dominican Republic: You Think There Are Still Indians? ----
Part II. Conquest. 5. The Gulf Coast: Naked in the New World ---
6. The Southwest: To the Seven Cities of Stone ---
7. The Plains: Sea of Grass ---
8. The South: De Soto Does Dixie ---
9. The Mississippi: Conquistador's Last Stand ----
Part III. Settlement. 10. Florida: Fountain of Youth, River of Blood ---
11. Roanoke: Lost in the Lost Colony ---
12. Jamestown: The Captain and the Naturals ---
13. Plymouth: A Tale of Two Rocks.
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"What happened in North America between Columbus's sail in 1492 and the Pilgrims' arrival in 1620? On a visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realizes he doesn't have a clue, nor do most Americans. So he sets off across the continent to rediscover the wild era when Europeans first roamed the New World in quest of gold, glory, converts, and eternal youth. Horwitz tells the story of these brave and often crazed explorers while retracing their steps on his own epic trek--an odyssey that takes him inside an Indian sweat lodge in subarctic Canada, down the Mississippi in a canoe, on a road trip fueled by buffalo meat, and into sixty pounds of armor as a conquistador reenactor in Florida. A Voyage Long and Strange is a rich mix of scholarship and modern-day adventure that brings the forgotten first chapter of America's history vividly to life." -- Back cover.

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