A Voyage Long and Strange

A Voyage Long and Strange

Rediscovering the New World

Large Print - 2008
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On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz made an unsettling discovery: despite all his education, from grade school through college (as a history major, no less!) he had reached middle aged with a third-grader's understanding of early America. In fact, he's mislaid the entire period separating Columbus's landing in 1492 and the arrival of the English in Jamestown in 1620. Horwitz resolves to find out what happened in between. What he discovers is a wild, century-long land-grab, with America crisscrossed by conquistadors, castaways, slaves and other travelers, who roamed and rampaged across half the states in the present U.S. before the Mayflower hit ground. He uncovers that history during an epic quest of his own--a road trip to all the present-day sites of the explorers' adventures, cities and towns and backwaters where America's lost history lies just beneath the surface of daily life.
Publisher: Detroit : Large Print Press, 2008
ISBN: 9781594132988
Branch Call Number: 970.01 Ho
Description: 695 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm


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With his trademark humor, Horwitz recounts his visits to the sites where various explorers arrived in America, trying to understand what drew them and looking at how they changed the course of history. Selection for June 13, 2017.

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SPPL_János Mar 21, 2018

Chancing to stop in Plymouth, Massachusetts, journalist and history major Horwitz realizes with a jolt that he has only the faintest idea what happened in North America between 1492 and the Pilgrims landing in 1620. Following the model of his superb Blue Latitudes, Horwitz retells and retraces several overlooked European voyages of discovery and settlement. His route will take him to the Norse settlement in Newfoundland, Columbus's first landfall in the Dominican Republic, Coronado's wild goose chase in the Southwest and De Soto's in the Southeast, to St Augustine, Roanoke, Jamestown, and finally Plymouth. Along the way he talks with whites, blacks, and Indians, scholars and kooks, to find echoes of the forgotten past in the present. Highly recommended.

Dec 04, 2017

A fascinating book. Finding out about de Soto's trip through the South was a real eye-opener. Also shows a very different picture of early America. Loved it.

Oct 06, 2016

A lively tour and summary of early North American discovery and exploration (by non-aboriginals). I was annoyed by the interruption of the narrative by his own story of how he is researching and travelling for the writing of the book. Because it covers so much, its a bit lightweight, although there is a lengthy bibliographic essay at the end.

Oct 15, 2015

You'll learn alot about early North American history and laugh a little bit in the process...well-written and researched.

Aug 23, 2015

I read this several years ago & think he's brilliant, loved the read. Now I see it's audio also!

Jun 16, 2015

Need to find the equivalent book for Canadian history. Very fun and I like that he covers the not-so-well-known parts of American history.

KCLSRecommends Mar 03, 2014

Another great book by Horwitz, exploring the nearly forgotten century of exploration in North American between Columbus in 1492 and the Pilgrims in the 1620s...!

JCLAshleyF Apr 11, 2013

Tony Horwitz recreates historical voyages of European exploration and conquest of North America. The book intermingles Horwitz's modern day experiences with historical facts and accounts. Funny, irreverent, and informative this book is great for readers of history who don't want a textbook.

Nov 03, 2012

The first chapter about Viking explorers in North America captivated me, as well as Tony Horwitz's travel anecdotes to places most of us might never think or plan to visit. I enjoyed his account and visual descriptions of what it is like to trek up to the far northern reaches of Canada. He encounters locals working in a lonely "living" Viking museum and then navigates to a first peoples pow-wow miles away. Other chapters take you to the American Southwest, the Great Plains, and the Dominican Republic.

I read this book to kill time while traveling and waiting in airports, and I had a great time!

Oct 06, 2011

This book was well written. It was informative without being dry. I think it shows that the history lessons that we are taught in school are determined by the victors and the powers that be. A rich book that cannot be read through too quickly. I worthwhile read if you are looking for something to savor.

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