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Riassunto: The search for the North West Passage to the Far East was the main driving force behind British arctic exploration from the 16th to the mid-19th century. It included the famous and ill-fated John Franklin expedition--the disappearance of which and resulting search is one of the great tragic stories in the history of exploration--and culminated with Roald Amundsen's successfully voyage in 1903-06. Ann Savours examines the British encounters with the Eskimo, how yearly ice variations affected expeditions, and the daily lives of the early explorers. This book will be compulsive reading for all those interested in the saga arctic exploration and for those who enjoy stories of human endeavor in the face of terrible odds.
Recensione: After Columbus sailed the ocean blue in search of a trading route to China but found his way blocked by North and South America, Britain and Europe's other colonial powers scrambled to find alternate paths to the Far East. Avoiding the south, dominated by Spain and Portugal after the Pope's 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas, the English and the Dutch searched for both a North East Passage, north of Eurasia, and a North West Passage, through the Arctic ice of what is now North America.
Although such a passage was to become commercially unimportant (and unviable, thanks to climate), the successful transit of the North West Passage became a Holy Grail and deadly siren for countless exploration teams, and it eluded explorers for nearly 400 years. Ann Savours, one of Britain's leading authorities on this tenacious pursuit, describes in a lively and sprawling account the extraordinary adventures of these courageous expeditions. Drawing heavily on primary sources, including diaries, letters to home, and sketches, Savours's Search makes for engrossing reading: from the Frobisher team's 1570s descriptions of the "countrey people" (later the "Esquimaux") "clad in coates made of the skinnes of beastes" and "sharp-witted, readie to conceive our meaning by signes, and to make answere" to accounts of Sir John Franklin's ultimately successful but completely decimated mission, Savours puts you on the heaving decks of the icebreakers and in the minds of these brave explorers. Excellent illustrations, end notes, and appendices round out the work. --Paul Hughes
Titolo: The Search for the North-west Passage
Casa editrice: Chatham Publishing
Data di pubblicazione: 1999
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Chatham Publishing, 1999. Condizione libro: Good. 1ST. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP12637870
Descrizione libro Chatham Publishing, London, 2003. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: As New. Condizione sovraccoperta: As New. 1st Edition. Blue cloth boards with gilt title. 342pp with illustrations throughout. IMMEDIATE DESPATCH FROM UK, ALL OVERSEAS ORDERS SENT AIRMAIL Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 113536
Descrizione libro Chatham Publishing, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Minor wear Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and creative capitalization of books. Codice libro della libreria mon0000177995
Descrizione libro Chatham Publishing, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. 223 pages. Hardback with dust jacket. Illustrated. Minor edge wear. Codice libro della libreria 003257
Descrizione libro Chatham Publishing, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Codice libro della libreria GD-253-09-1356811
Descrizione libro Chatham Publishing, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: As New. Like new condition. Codice libro della libreria XX-253-09-1356811
Descrizione libro Chatham Publishing, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 1861760590