Historical Atlas of Expeditions
|Rating||:||4.45 (899 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||192 Pages|
This volume follows the journeys of many adventurers throughout history & around the world, from the early Vikings to David Livingstone. Chapters: early expeditions; travels before 1600; Asia from 1600; Africa from 1600; the Americas from 1600; Arctic & Antarctica; & Australasia.. Their tales, from all regions of the globe, provide an exciting look at the age of discovery, as well as at the wonders witnessed & the fascinating people encountered along the way. Each gripping account includes: detailed information on famous explorers, their overland expeditions, & the people they met; colorful illustrations depicting the many natural barriers that each explorer encountered & overcame; & timelines & maps for each section
Follows the journeys of adventurers around the world Karen Farrington's Historical Atlas of Expeditions follows the journeys of adventurers around the world, using the atlas format to provide a set of maps on famous explorers, their expeditions, and their encounters. From the machines they used to the concepts they based their travels on, this provides timelines, maps and plenty of easy at-a-glance details.. "Not an atlas, but useful just the same" according to Therese Yeaton. This book is really mis-titled, as the maps are only a minor part of it. It does have great pictures and graphics and good basic information about many explorers. I would recommend it as a reference, but not as an atlas!
The chapters, which are divided by geographical region, contain maps, biographical information on the explorers, timelines, information on the various cultures and illustrations, making it a good resource for classrooms and teachers. Farrington's writing is lively, and she makes these explorations interesting, but the sheer number of explorers discussed results in descriptions that are necessarily superficial. For example, Mary Kingsley left England and traveled to Africa, where she helped care for Boer prisoners of war, writing three books about that continent before dying of typhoid. Some of the names are familiarAPizarro, Sir Walter Raleigh, Daniel Boone, Ernest ShackletonAbut others profiled are not usually included in standard history books. In the 1870s, Nikolai Przwalski wanted to be one of the few Europeans to reach the palace of the Dalai Lama and ended up traveling to the most remote
KAREN FARRINGTON is an ex-Fleet Street journalist who worked for several years at London’s Old Bailey. She became a fulltime author in 1987 and has contributed to numerous publications on military history. Her published works include, ‘Witness to World War II’, ‘The History of Religion’ and ‘Natural Disa