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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 sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth century, culminating in the famous and ill-fated Franklin expedition, the disappearance of which and the resulting search for the missing crews is one of the great tragic stories of the history of exploration. This book covers the early history of this great quest, including the voyages of Frobisher, Hudson and Captain Cook, and all of Franklin's expeditions. After the disappearance of his ships Erebus and Terror, his wife galvanised the Government into mounting a search for her husband and his men and these expeditions are also vividly described.It examines the British encounters with the Esquimaux and their vital help in charting the Arctic archipelago, the way the variations in the ice from year to year affected the results of each expedition, and the ships, boats, diet and clothing of the early explorers.This book will be cornpulsive reading for all those interested in the saga of arctic exploration and for those who enjoy the recounting of stories of human endeavour in the face of terrible odds.
Review: 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. 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. Condizione libro: Very Good. 1ST. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Codice libro della libreria GRP64980675
Descrizione libro Chatham Publishing, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria mon0000214405
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: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 1861760590