Exploration and Discovery, General
How the States Got Their Shapes
Paperback ISBN: 0061431397
An accessible history of how each of the fifty United States obtained their unique shapes offers insight into such topics as the super-sized geography of Texas, Oklahoma's panhandle, and Maryland's unusual layout, in a lighthearted chronicle that features complementary information on land disputes and military skirmishes. Reprint.
Joseph N. Nicollet on the Plains and Prairies
The Expeditions of 1838-39 With Journals, Letters, and Notes on the Dakota Indians
Paperback ISBN: 0873512901
In 1838 and 1839 French scientist Joseph N. Nicollet led two U.S. government-sponsored expeditions into the land between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. His findings, published in 1843 in the first authentic map of the region, influenced the future of cartography in the United States for generations. This book contains the translations of Nicollet's journals, letters, and notes written during those expeditions, which visited such familiar landmarks as Fort Pierre, the Coteau des Prairies, and Devil's Lake in the Dakotas and the Pipestone Quarry in Minnesota. Nicollet came into contact with many Dakota people in the region, and his detailed observations are a valuable record of their way of life.
Henry Hudson and the Voyage That Redrew the Map of the New World
Paperback ISBN: 1608190986
A tribute to Henry Hudson's discovery of the river that bears his name recounts how the historical explorer defied commission orders to find an eastern passage to China by redirecting his voyage along the coastline from Spanish Florida to the Grand Banks, an effort that laid a foundation for New York's establishment as a global capital. Reprint.
Down the Great Unknown
John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon
Hardcover ISBN: 006019619x
The great explorer of the Grand Canyon speaks from the past in his journals, guiding readers on a detailed account of his meticulous, often perilous journey thorugh the famous canyon. 75,000 first printing.
Over the Edge of the World
Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
Paperback ISBN: 006093638x
A chronicle of Ferdinand Magellan's sixteenth-century voyage around the world draws on candid first-person accounts and describes his crew's experiences with mutiny, navigation, death, unusual sexual practices, and Magellan's ruthless leadership tactics. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
Adventures in the World's Frozen Places
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 0316042927
From avalanches to glaciers, from seals to snowflakes, and from Shackleton's expedition to "The Year Without Summer," Bill Streever journeys through history, myth, geography, and ecology in a year-long search for cold--real, icy, 40-below cold. In July he finds it while taking a dip in a 35-degree Arctic swimming hole; in September while excavating our planet's ancient and not so ancient ice ages; and in October while exploring hibernation habits in animals, from humans to wood frogs to bears. A scientist whose passion for cold runs red hot, Streever is a wondrous guide: he conjures woolly mammoth carcasses and the ice-age Clovis tribe from melting glaciers, and he evokes blizzards so wild readers may freeze--limb by vicarious limb.
Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton
The Secret Agent Who Made the Pilgrimage to Mecca, Discovered the Kama Sutra, Brought the Arabian Nights to the
Hardcover ISBN: 0684191377
Chronicles the fascinating life and travels of the English adventurer, writer, linguist, secret agent, crusader, and romantic hero
From Venice to Xanadu
Hardcover ISBN: 140004345x
An insightful portrait of the thirteenth-century explorer, adventurer, and global traveler follows Marco Polo from his youth in Venice as the scion of a wealthy merchant family, to his journey to Asia and role in the court of Kublai Khan, to his return to Europe, his introduction of such Chinese innovations as gunpowder and pasta, and his influence on the history of his era. 75,000 first printing.