Explorers of the Renaissance

Explorers of the Renaissance

by Robert Curley

Hardcover

$38.75

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615308798
Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing
Publication date: 12/15/2012
Series: Britannica Renaissance Series
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction x

Chapter 1 The Age of Discovery 1

Ptolemy's Maps 3

The Overland Route to Cathay 5

Europeans in the Court of the Great Khan 5

The Polos of Venice 6

In the Footsteps of the Polos 9

The Sea Route East by South to Cathay 12

Rounding the Cape of Good Hope 12

Around Africa to Malaysia 13

The Sea Route West to Cathay 16

Christopher Columbus 16

Other Explorations 18

Magellan's Voyage Around the World 20

Chapter 2 The Great Overland Explorers 23

Giovanni Da Pian Del Carpini 23

Willem Van Ruysbroeck 26

Marco Polo 28

Travels of the Polo Family 28

Polo's Journey to Asia 29

Sojourn in China 32

The Return to Venice 33

Compilation of Il Milione 34

Nature and Content of Il Milione 35

Subsequent Reputation 37

Giovanni da Montecorvino 38

Odoric of Pordenone 39

Ibn Battutah 41

Life and Travels 41

The Spurious Tales of Sir John Mandeville 42

Assessment 48

Chapter 3 The Great Eastward Navigators 50

Dinís Dias 50

Alvise Ca' da Mosto 51

Diogo Cao 52

Pêro da Covilhap 53

Bartolomeu Dias 55

The Caravel 58

Vasco da Gama 60

The First Voyage 60

The Second Voyage 63

The Third Voyage 65

Pedro Álvares Cabral 65

Chapter 4 Westward with Christopher Columbus 70

Early Career and Preparation for the First Voyage 70

The First Voyage 75

The Second and Third Voyages 79

The Fourth Voyage and Final Years 84

Assessment 88

Columbus's Small World 89

Chapter 5 Other Westward Navigators 92

John Cabot 92

Sebastian Cabot 95

Amerigo Vespucci 96

Early Life 96

Vespucci's Voyages 98

Later Life and Reputation 100

From Amerigo to America 101

Ferdinand Magellan 102

Early Life 103

Allegiance to Spain 106

Discovery of the Strait of Magellan 109

Circumnavigation of the Globe 111

Assessment 111

Juan Sebastián del Cano 113

Chapter 6 Monarchs and Sponsors 115

Henry the Navigator, Prince of Portugal 115

Early Life 115

Sponsorship of Expeditions 118

Final Maritime Ventures 120

Assessment 121

John II of Portugal 122

Early Life 122

Assertion of Power 124

African Exploration 124

Isabella I of Castile 126

Early Life 127

Reign 129

Isabella's Jewels 131

Assessment 135

Ferdinand II of Aragon 135

Conclusion 141

Glossary 142

Bibliography 144

Index 147

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