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Voyages That Changed the World


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Introduction The early navigators: The Phoenicians circumnavigate Africa and the Polynesians migrate across the Pacific, c 50,000BC - 1150AD Saint Brendan's miraculous voyage: An Irish monk crosses the Atlantic in a tiny leather boat, c 530AD The Icelandic sagas of Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson: Norsemen land on the American continent centuries before Columbus, 982-1000AD Madoc ab Owen Gwynedd's voyage across the Atlantic: A Welsh prince lays his claim to America, c 1170 The epic journeys of the Ming Dynasty: Four great Chinese armadas navigate the world's oceans, 1415-1421 Henry the Navigator's colonization of Atlantic islands: Portuguese captains cross the equator and map the coast of Africa, 1394-1460 The journeys of Bartholomew Dias and Vasco da Gama: Two great Portuguese navigators travel east and discover the vital sea route to India, 1487-1497 America is discovered by Christopher Columbus: In his quest for the Indies, the famous explorer reaches the New World, 1492 John Cabot's search for the North West Passage: A Venetian sails from Bristol to Newfoundland on board the Matthew, 1496-1499 Ferdinand Magellan and the first circumnavigation of the world: The explorer sails around the southern tip of America, 1519-1522 The French claim to Canada is secured by Jacques Cartier: The first European to navigate the St Lawrence river, 1534-1541 Spanish treasure ships scour the Pacific: The Conquistadors exploit the riches of the New World, 1519-1600 Francis Drake and the voyage of the Golden Hind: The first Englishman to sail around the globe, 1577-1580 The quest for a route to the Orient: Explorers perish in their search for the North East and North West Passages, 1533-1631 The historic voyage of the Mayflower: The Pilgrim Fathers establish North America's first successful colony, 1620 Abel Tasman discovers Tasmania: The Dutch exploration of the South Pacific, 1642-1643 The original Robinson Crusoe and the buccaneers of England: The exploits of William Dampier, Woodes Rogers and Alexander Selkirk, 1680-1709 Roggeveen discovers Easter Island and Anson's fleet strikes gold: The search for new islands in the great south seas, 1721-1769 Louis-Antoine de Bougainville explores the Pacific's flora and fauna: The Frenchman enjoys an idyll on Tahiti and encounters the Great Barrier Reef, 1766-1769 Captain Cook's epic voyage on board the Endeavour: The charting of New Zealand and the east coast of Australia, 1768-1771 The transatlantic voyages of greed and despair: The slave trade and its abolition John Harrison and the search for Longitude: The dedicated watchmaker wins the GBP20,000 prize, 1741-1773 The First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay: The creation of a penal colony in Australia, 1788 Charles Darwin and the voyage of the Beagle: The expedition that led to the Theory of Evolution, 1831 Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the race across the Atlantic: The first great steamships compete to reach New York Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton travel to the ends of the Earth: the expeditions of the legendary polar explorers, 1840-1916 Voyages under the sea: Advances in submarine warfare and scientific discovery, 1776-1960s Index Acknowledgements

About the Author

Peter Aughton is the author of the hugely successful popular history titles Endeavour The Story of Captain Cook's First Great Epic Voyage, Resolution, Newton's Apple and The Transit of Venus. Formerly a computer engineer in the aerospace industry, where he worked on the world's first supersonic airliner, he went on to lecture at the University of the West of England for 25 years. He now lives in Leeds with his family.

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