Inventio Fortunata

Inventio Fortunata
Author: Benjamin Franklin DeCosta
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 54
Release: 1881
Genre: Arctic regions
ISBN: UOM:39015022378411

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Maps Myths and Men

Maps  Myths  and Men
Author: Kirsten A. Seaver
Publsiher: Stanford University Press
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2004
Genre: Travel
ISBN: 0804749639

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The "Vínland Map" first surfaced on the antiquarian market in 1957 and the map's authenticity has been hotly debated ever since—in controversies ranging from the anomalous composition of the ink and the map's lack of provenance to a plethora of historical and cartographical riddles. Maps, Myths, and Men is the first work to address the full range of this debate. Focusing closely on what the map in fact shows, the book contains a critique of the 1965 work The Vinland Map and the Tartar Relation; scrutinizes the marketing strategies used in 1957; and covers many aspects of the map that demonstrate it is a modern fake, such as literary evidence and several scientific ink analyses performed between 1967 and 2002. The author explains a number of the riddles and provides evidence for both the identity of the mapmaker and the source of the parchment used, and she applies current knowledge of medieval Norse culture and exploration to counter widespread misinformation about Norse voyages to North America and about the Norse world picture.

The Hakluyt Handbook

The Hakluyt Handbook
Author: David B. Quinn
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 794
Release: 1974
Genre: History
ISBN: 0521086949

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A reference guide to the works of the Reverend Richard Hakluyt and a critical evaluation of his achievements.

Race to the New World

Race to the New World
Author: Douglas Hunter
Publsiher: D & M Publishers
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2012-02-10
Genre: History
ISBN: 1553658574

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The final decade of the 15th century was a turning point in world history. The Genoese mariner Christopher Columbus sailed westward on the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, famously determined to discover for Spain a shorter and more direct route to the riches of the Indies. Meanwhile, a fellow Italian explorer for hire, John Cabot, set off on his own journey, under England's flag. Here, Douglas Hunter tells the fascinating tale of how, during this expedition, Columbus gained a rival. In the space of a few critical years, these two men engaged in a high-stakes race that threatened the precarious diplomatic balance of Europe--to exploit what they believed was a shortcut to staggering wealth. Instead, they found a New World that neither was looking for. Douglas Hunter provides a revelatory look at how the lives of Columbus and Cabot were interconnected, and that neither explorer can be understood properly without understanding both. Together, Cabot and Columbus provide a novel and important perspective on the first years of European experience of the New World.

Interactive Realism

Interactive Realism
Author: Daniel Mark Downes
Publsiher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2005
Genre: Computers
ISBN: 0773529209

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It is commonplace in our digitized world to think that technology is the primary agent of psychological and social change. In Interactive Realism Daniel Downes argues that it continues to be people who construct social reality through their interactions, critiquing the "tranformative turn" in media studies. Distinguishing between the Internet, a communication system, and cyberspace, an environment for human exchange, the author provides a framework for exploring the metaphors and images used in cyberspace to represent and model social reality. He clarifies how these symbolic interactions are linked to the technologies used to create, store, and transmit them and to their social context. Drawing on examples from digital games, web design, film, and photography, the author shows how individual experiences are calibrated by technology and how digital communication contributes to broader processes such as community building and public memory. Downes articulates a nuanced form of media ecology that does not focus on a single cause of change but rather on the relationships between embodied experience, communication systems, and representations. Interactive Realism establishes a new method for understanding the importance of digital media to the construction of social reality.

Routledge Revivals Trade Travel and Exploration in the Middle Ages 2000

Routledge Revivals  Trade  Travel and Exploration in the Middle Ages  2000
Author: John Block Friedman,Kristen Mossler Figg
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 758
Release: 2017-07-05
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781351661317

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First published in 2000, Trade, Travel, and Exploration: An Encyclopedia covers the people, places, technologies, and intellectual concepts that contributed to trade, travel and exploration during the Middle Ages, from the years C.E. 525 to 1492. This comprehensive reference work contains entries on a large number of subjects, including familiar topics such as the voyages of Columbus and Marco Polo, and also information that is more difficult to find, for example, the traditions of travel among Muslim women and the influence of Viking travel on navigation and geographical knowledge. Bringing together more than 175 scholars from a variety of disciplines, it minimizes Eurocentric bias and offers extensive coverage of such topics as travel within Inner Asia, Mongol society, and the spread of Buddhism. Including an extensive map program and more than 125 illustrations, as well as bibliographies, a comprehensive index and "see also" references, Medieval Trade, Travel, and Exploration is a valuable reference guide for undergraduate and graduate students, scholars and also the general reader.

Early Voyages and Northern Approaches 1000 1632

Early Voyages and Northern Approaches 1000 1632
Author: Tryggvi J. Oleson
Publsiher: McClelland & Stewart
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2016-11-01
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780771005541

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Volume I of the Canadian Centenary Series Now available as e-books for the first time, the Canadian Centenary Series is a comprehensive nineteen-volume history of the peoples and lands which form Canada. Although the series is designed as a unified whole so that no part of the story is left untold, each volume is complete in itself. Professor Oleson rediscovers the journeys of the Norse people from Iceland towards Arctic Canada, five hundred years before Columbus’ exploits. These Christian Europeans settled with Indigenous Canadians, building stone settlements, trapping and exporting the prized white falcon and polar bear to the courts of medieval Europe, and producing the unique Thule people, ancestors of the modern Inuit. In fact, Professor Oleson’s research has traced the tall white “Tunnit” people of Inuit mythology to these Norse settlers. Despite the eventual fading of contact with Europe, the Norse had built an irrefutable North Atlantic route which explorers and traders of the 17th century would follow in their pursuit of the riches of Asia and their creation of a lasting bond with Europe. First published in 1963, Tryggvi J. Oleson’s important contribution to the Canadian Centenary Series is available here as an e-book for the first time.

The Possibility of Approaching the North Pole Asserted

The Possibility of Approaching the North Pole Asserted
Author: Daines Barrington,Mark Beaufoy
Publsiher: New-York : J. Eastburn
Total Pages: 210
Release: 1818
Genre: Arctic regions
ISBN: NYPL:33433003273004

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