New Worlds: The Great Voyages Of Discovery 1400-1600

Hardcover | January 31, 2003

byRonald H. Fritze

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The huge expansion in trade and the acquisition of vast empires that characterize this period of European history would set the pattern for at least the next two centuries. Fritze begins with a portrait of medieval Europe, its economy, its geography, and the developments in naval architecture that made the great voyages possible. Next, he narrates the travels of Henry the Navigator, Columbus, da Gama, and Cabot. He contrasts the establishment of the Portuguese spice empires in Asia with the simultaneous rise of the Mogul Empire, and he details as well the opening up of both South and North America. The culmination of these exploration efforts was the successful circumnavigation of the earth by Magellan and the opening of viable Pacific trade routes. A concluding chapter details the impact of European expansion, its effect on the European worldview and economy, and challenges to the Spanish and Portuguese from the Dutch, English, and French. Fully illustrated, this study captures the excitement of the era, while at the same time providing the latest scholarship in an accessible form.

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The huge expansion in trade and the acquisition of vast empires that characterize this period of European history would set the pattern for at least the next two centuries. Fritze begins with a portrait of medieval Europe, its economy, its geography, and the developments in naval architecture that made the great voyages possible. Next,...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 10.82 × 7.74 × 1 inPublished:January 31, 2003Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275979822

ISBN - 13:9780275979829

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?Fritze's contribution to the historiography of Old World exploratory efforts is to synthesize much of the historiography of the last decade. In this, Fritze has been highly successful. The result is a narrative of the peoples and cultures previously unknown to the Europeans that is not only informative and insightful, but also engaging and lucid, and will therefore, appeal to both layperson and scholar....[a] thoroughly enjoyable and informative overview of the latest scholarship on the nature of European exploration during the era of discovery. Both students and academics will find a great deal to commend in this volume. It is beautifully illustrated and generously provided with nicely designed maps. This would make for a useful introductory study for any first-year university history course.??Sixteenth Century Journal