The Race To The New Worlde: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of Discovery by Douglas HunterThe Race To The New Worlde: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of Discovery by Douglas Hunter

The Race To The New Worlde: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of Discovery

byDouglas Hunter

Hardcover | February 10, 2012

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The compelling tale of a rivalry that drove two unlikely explorers to the edge of a new world, informed by groundbreaking new research and superior narrative power.

The final decade of the 15th century was pivotal in world history. The Genoese mariner Christopher Columbus sailed westward into the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, determined to secure for Spain a more direct route to the riches of the Indies. But as Columbus struggled to capitalize on his momentous discovery of distant landfalls, a troubled Venetian bridge contractor in Spain, on the lam from creditors and remembered as John Cabot, audaciously reinvented himself as an explorer and mounted a rival quest for England.

In The Race to the New World, critically acclaimed author Douglas Hunter details the high-stakes race that threatened the precarious power balance of Europe and led both men to the shores of a new world that neither was looking for.

With the use of fresh historical evidence, Hunter tells an untold story of the parallel journeys of Columbus and Cabot -- two explorers whose interconnected lives are only fully understood together.

Douglas Hunter is the author of Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage that Redrew the Map of the New World and God’s Mercies: Rivalry, Betrayal, and the Dream of Discovery, a finalist for both the Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. He has also written widely on the environme...
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Title:The Race To The New Worlde: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of DiscoveryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:February 10, 2012Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1553658574

ISBN - 13:9781553658573

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Table of Contents

Map: The World of Christopher Columbus and John Cabot viiiIntroduction 1The Race to the New World 11Afterword 247Notes on Selected Sources and Commentary 253Bibliography 265Index 271

Editorial Reviews

"'The Race to the New World' is a painstaking work built to withstand the scrutiny of specialists...Hunter is a deft stylist with
a keen eye for detail, and he brings his leading figures to life while transforming our understanding of early exploration. This one is a keeper." -- Canadian Geographic

 

"Hunter is on track to become a major player in popular Canadian history." -- Literary Review of Canada