A Voyage Long and Strange: On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, and Other Adventurers in Early America
W hat happened in North America between Columbus's sail in 1492 and the Pilgrims' arrival in 1620? On a visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realizes he doesn't have a clue, nor do most Americans. So he sets off across the continent to rediscover the wild era when Europeans first roamed the New... show more
W hat happened in North America between Columbus's sail in 1492 and the Pilgrims' arrival in 1620? On a visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realizes he doesn't have a clue, nor do most Americans. So he sets off across the continent to rediscover the wild era when Europeans first roamed the New World in quest of gold, glory, converts, and eternal youth. Horwitz tells the story of these brave and often crazed explorers while retracing their steps on his own epic trek--an odyssey that takes him inside an Indian sweat lodge in subarctic Canada, down the Mississippi in a canoe, on a road trip fueled by buffalo meat, and into sixty pounds of armor as a conquistador reenactor in Florida.A Voyage Long and Strange is a rich mix of scholarship and modern-day adventure that brings the forgotten first chapter of America's history vividly to life.
Publish date: 2009-04-27
Pages no: 464
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, American History
, United States
This was an impulse buy. I was at the Smithsonian, the Native American, American Indian, museum, and this was in the bookstore. And since I get like 20% off because I’m a supporter and the cover was interesting, and the start sounded good. And I had a really nice lunch. ...
Fascinating and informative. A very readable way to learn about some of the people who came to America before the Pilgrims. My one complaint is the Dutch are once again overlooked.
This entertaining volume follows Tony Horowitz as he searches for the discoverers of America, from the Vikings up to 1620. (Ever notice how often in U.S. general histories there's very little between Columbus and Jamestown or the Mayflower? There was plenty going on, by the way.) Once again, he is...
I could probably learn a lot from this book, but this is way more information than I want to deal with.