Sunday, June 02, 2013

Journeys of the Great Explorers: Columbus To Cook

Journeys of the Great Explorers tells of the great explorers. We don't get much (other than passing mention) of the conquistadores. However, the stories of the explorers did pique my interest. The discovery and exploration of the west coast of America doesn't seem to have been given much discussion in other works. I would like to study more of those voyages.

Those voyages must have been like going on planetary exploration today. Sure, ship travel was common back then. But, ship travel out into the endless open water? That was not common, and would take longer than a rocketship to the moon. The sailors were also at risk for scurvy (which they did not know how to cure then.) What if we just let privateers voyage off to the moon like captains voyaged off to the new world?

Navigation was also a problem back then, with places like the Solomon Islands being "hidden" for an additional 200 years because of bad "directions".

There could also be many voyages of discovery we just don't know about; either due to failure to return, purposely hidden records, or records destroyed through the time.


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