New Worlds The Great Voyages of Discovery, 1400-1600

ISBN-10: 0275979822
ISBN-13: 9780275979829
Edition: 2003
Authors: Ronald H. Fritze
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List price: $61.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 1/30/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

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.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Chronology
World Views Before the Age of Exploration
Ancient and Medieval Cosmography and Climatology
The Three Continents
Asia and the Marvels of the East
Africa
The Atlantic Ocean
Trade and Contact Between Europe, Asia and Africa Before the 1490s
Ancient Trade with India
The Silk Road
East-West Trade Before the Crusades
The Crusades and the Pax Mongolica
European Travellers in Asia
Marco Polo
The End of the Pax Mongolica and the Revival of Islam
The Trans-Saharan Trade with West Africa
Late Medieval European Exploration of the Atlantic and Africa Before 1492
Late Medieval Europe and the Canary Islands
Portugal, the Avis Dynasty and Ceuta
Technology and Exploration - Navigation, Cartography and Ships
The Canaries and the Portuguese Exploration of the Atlantic Ocean
Cape Bojador and Beyond
Slaves and Gold - the Portuguese Reach the Guinea Coast
King Afonso and the Explorations of Fernao Gomes
Explorations Under King Joao II - Cao, Covilha and Dias
The Great Voyages of the 1490s - Columbus, Cabot and Gama
Christopher Columbus and His 'Enterprise of the Indies'
Bristol, John Cabot and the Rediscovery of North America
Vasco da Gama and the Sea-road to India
Comprehending the Americas - Outlining the Coastline for a Way to Asia
Settling Hispaniola and the Discovery of South America
Magellan and the First Circumnavigation of the Globe
Voyages to North America after Cabot and the Search for Northern Passages
The North-east Passage
Conquests
The Portuguese Conquest of the Indian Ocean
The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico
The Conquest of Peru and After
Spanish Explorations in North America
French, English and Dutch Explorations and Settlements, c. 1550-c. 1600
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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