a voyage long and strange: rediscovering the new world

Find all the books, read about the author, and more. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Natives bared their buttocks at sailors and lowered trade goods onto “rocks where the breakers were most violent.” Verrazzano called this “Land of Bad People,” a name since changed to Maine. I am saddened that I should have used the past tense. I looked around and couldn’t see anything except asphalt and a few stones small enough for skipping. I realised I am so clueless when it comes to the founding of our nation. in 1620: the Vikings in Newfoundland around 1000 AD; Columbus; then the Spanish in FL and the SE and the SW US (including Coronado going all the way up to Kansas in 1542, and Cabeza de Vaca's bizarre journey from FL all the way down to Mexico); the French Hugeunots in FL; then wrapping up with Roanoke Island and Jamestown and back to the Pilgrims. Entdeckung und Besiedelung der USA - jenseits der Mythen. Otherwise, he writes a very accessible and engaging history. Like many Americans, I was raised on the traditional stories of the Pilgrims and other myths about our nations’ origins. “A hideous and desolate wilderness,” William Bradford called it. Unable to add item to List. Maybe nothing happened in the period between. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series) | Horwitz, Tony | ISBN: 9781410405586 | Kostenloser Versand … It's like religion--beyond facts. This book is an easy read and would do well as preliminary reading for any History 101 class. A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World - Ebook written by Tony Horwitz. He is a very entertaining writer with a touch of sarcasm that is used to debunk the myths we were taught in school. This book needs a more manageable title. In this informative, whimsical, and thoroughly enjoyable account, Horwitz describes the exploits of various explorers and conquistadores and enriches the stories with his own experiences when visiting some of the lands they "discovered." We’d love your help. Happily, the book doesn't dwell only on the terrible things and has lots of interesting current day asides - implications of how we tell the story, who has statues commemorating them, tribes with surviving descendants and what their cultures are like. She was also accustomed to fielding odd questions. Took me well over a year, if I am being honest. As they entered the portico, the father intoned to his children, “This is where it all began.” Then they peered over the rail. The jury is still out, and I will work my way through Horwitz's oeuvre to reach a more nuanced conclusion. In December 1620, they reached Plymouth, a place “fit for situation,” Bradford wrote. Vikings, conquistadors, French voyageurs―these and many others roamed an unknown continent in quest of grapes, gold, converts, even a cure for syphilis. As for dates, I’d mislaid an entire century, the one separating Columbus’s sail in 1492 from Jamestown’s founding in 16-0-something. The boulder, about five feet square, had a badly mended cleft in the middle. Verrazzano, an Italian in command of a French ship, smelled America before he saw it: “A sweet fragrance,” he wrote, wafted out to sea from the dense cedar forests of the Carolinas. [Tony Horwitz] -- An irresistible blend of history, myth, and misadventure, this book captures the wonder and drama of first contact. It's a fun way to learn about these sites if you want a break from a more scholarly read. Recommended to Susanna - Censored by GoodReads by: While a tourist at Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realized that, for him, the years between Columbus' landing in 1492 and the Pilgrim's Mayflower voyage in 1620 were a complete void. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Vikings, conquistadors, French voyageurs--these and many others roamed an unknown continent in quest of grapes, gold, converts, even a cure for syphilis. . Let me say, for now, that based on my previous reading of Horwitz (Confederates in the Attic), I found his writing style bland and. A voyage long and strange : rediscovering the new world. All of these occurred long before the English came late to the party. It looked like a fossilized potato. Please try again. A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World (audio book) by Tony Horwitz (who also narrated), (2008, 464 pages in paper from, Listened Dec 2-10) My latest audio. Almost everyone knows the Mayflower, even new immigrants; the Pilgrim ship features prominently in citizenship tests. Did the Pilgrims serve Thanksgiving on top of it? En route, in 1542, one diarist wrote of California, “The country appears to be very fine,” but its inhabitants “live very swinishly.” That same year, Spanish conquistadors completed a reconnaissance of the continent’s interior: scaling the Appalachians, rafting the Mississippi, peering down the Grand Canyon, and galloping as far inland as central Kansas (much to the surprise of the Plains Indians, who had never seen horses). Returning home to Virginia, I resolved to undertake some remedial study. Columbus' first landing on his first (of four) voyages WAS incredibly important. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. If you are a To y Horowitz fan, you will like this one, too. I found this book to be very enjoyable. Even though Horwitz is honing on the period European colonisation of the US, it demonstrates the somewhat, fluidity, of historical accounts and what ‘actually’ took place. “A very agreeable place,” he wrote, presciently observing that its well-populated shore “was not without some properties of value.” Only at the end of his east coast cruise was Verrazzano disappointed. He decides to embark on a journey back in time, exploring sites in the Americas pertinent to European colonization before 1620. Sold by MIRAYEXPRESSBUY and ships from Amazon Fulfillment. I would say definitely pick up this book if you are interested in learning more about who the earliest settlers of America were, where the went, what they did, and how they affected the native peoples. I was intrigued by the book's premise: the author, bemused by the omission of a century and a half of history from his middle school education, sought to fill in the gap from Columbus' arrival in 1492 to the establishment of the Plymouth colony. Tony Horwitz is the bestselling author of Midnight Rising, A Voyage Long and Strange, Blue Latitudes, Confederates in the Attic, andBaghdad Without a Map. The author handled this topic in a nice way, without romanticsing the facts and yet still keeping a human appeal. Stepping inside, I came to a rail overlooking a shallow pit. Vikings, conquistadors, French voyageurs—these and many others roamed an unknown continent in quest of grapes, gold, converts, even a cure for syphilis. As she returned to counting tourists, I returned to the Governor Bradford, chuckling over visitors’ questions. Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2019, I love learning history, especially if Tony Horwitz is the teacher. I already knew about it and it was less exciting. "Myth trumps fact, always does, always has, always will", Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2015, So said a Harvard clergyman participating in annual Forefathers' Day festivities in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The first course could include a dollop of Italian in 1492, but not Spanish spice or French sauce or too much Indian corn. He was quickly seized by natives, then “cut into pieces and eaten down to the smallest bone.” Or so claims the only surviving account of his landing, which concludes: “Such a sad death had the seeker of new lands.”. I never can remember it and if you read it, I suspect you'll have the same experience. He also travels to Florida to learn more about the expedition of the restless Hernando DeSoto and makes a stop in Jacksonville in an attempt to research the 1562 settlement there of the French Hugenots. The Christian Europeans were generally unspeakably, unforgivably terrible. It could have been Dedham or Braintree or some other pit stop on the highway near Boston. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Never mind his Pulitzer, the best-selling books, the writing jobs at The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker: Tony Horwitz is a dope. A VOYAGE LONG AND STRANGE. You won't like most of them, but it gives a very good look at just what happened and what modern people think of it all today, people who still live there. Reared on James Louwen's "Lies My Teacher Told Me", I was ready to embark full-hearted on a cross-country romp through the misstated facts of American civil mythology. There was a problem loading your book clubs. A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World. This was supposed to be a break from military history and war leaders that I’ve been picking up to read. A voyage long and strange : rediscovering the New World. I first read Confederates in The Attic by him, and liked it so much, that I read all of his books, basically what he does, is he gives you the history of the places he's going to visit. (Please forgive my verb tense. The result is an entertaining mix of the policies and personalities of early Europeans interacting in North America and a travelogue of his adventures following their historical trails. My third Horwitz book and my favorite (so far, Blue Latitudes is next) Highly amusing tale of neglected early American History. In this work Horwitz fills in the gaping chasm of knowledge we have regarding the exploration of North America by Europeans. Get this from a library! The story here [at Plymouth] may not be correct, but it transcends truth. I read this book as extra credit for one of my classes but liked it nonetheless. Incredible stories I’d known nothing about. “You just passed it.”. I have long been frustrated how US history is taught in American schools (Columbus, Mayflower, etc) so this book satisfies what the schoolbooks ignore. And still, this has been a very delightful read. Mr. Horwitz's past work has a wonderful knack for combining travel, history, and current culture into a satisfying blend that leaves the reader interested and informed. A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World has 7 available editions to … Anyone. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This was a long voyage alright. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of. I found zero interest in the experiences of the author. Upon founding St. Augustine, the first permanent European city on U.S. soil, the Spanish gave thanks and dined with Indians—fifty-six years before the Pilgrim Thanksgiving at Plymouth. This wasn’t a gap in my education; it was a chasm. The natives promptly carried the Frenchman to a fire on the beach and stripped off his clothes—not to “roast him for food,” as his shipmates feared, but to warm the sailor while “looking at the whiteness of his flesh and examining him from head to toe.”. Click to read more about A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World by Tony Horwitz. And history, in America, is a dish best served plain. Twenty yards back was a columned enclosure, between the sidewalk and shoreline. Free shipping for many products! Billed as the history of the discovery of the new world, the book was actually almost entirely about the experiences of the author in traveling around to research the history of the new world. Completely unnecessary. Every school kid is taught that Columbus "discovered" America in 1492 and that the Pilgrims stepped onto a rock in 1620, but what happened in between? He decides to embark on a journey back in time, exploring sites in the Americas pertinent to European colonization before 1620. Near the water stood a gray historic marker that was terse even by New England standards. Before long, the portico was packed: tour bus groups, foreign sightseers, summer campers. This wasn’t a clot of esoteric names and dates I’d dozed through in high school history, like the Habsburg Succession or the War of Jenkins’s Ear. But it was a worthy read and I was reminded (in much greater detail than I probably ever knew) of pre-Pilgrim American discovery. Vikings, conquistadors, French voyageurs -- these and many others roamed an unknown continent in quest of grapes, gold, converts, even a cure for syphilis. Voyage Long & Strange Rediscovering the New World by Tony Horwitz available in Hardcover on Powells.com, also read synopsis and reviews. In 'A Voyage Long and Strange,' Horwitz uses the pretext of his realization that he doesn't know much about the various explorers who ventured to the Americas, especially those before the landing of the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in 1620. 1620. There was a lot of stuff in this book I didn't know but also lots and lots of facts that I did know. America, great land of idiocy! He goes back to early Viking explorations and attempts to settle in the north east to set the background before moving on to post Columbus activities of the Spanish Conquistadors and the French explorers all claiming lands for their home countries. Among the absolute worst. Help others learn more about this product by uploading a video! ", Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2017. And there it has remained, a day of national gluttony, retail pageantry, TV football, and remembrance of the Pilgrims, a folk so austere that they regarded Christmas as a corrupt Papist holiday.”, “The past was a consumable, subject to the national preference for familiar products. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Jamestown preceded Plymouth by thirteen years as the first permanent English colony on the continent. Was it true that the Mayflower crashed into Plymouth Rock? This was a really interesting book both historically and as a look at culture from 1400-1700 in America and abroad. So in 1939, at the urging of merchants, FDR moved Thanksgiving ahead a week, to lengthen the Christmas shopping season. Please try again. The subject of public memory, as its predecessor, is also a topic near and dear to my heart. surprisingly fun and funny' (Publisher's Weekly) I read this book as extra credit for one of my classes but liked it nonetheless. A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World (English Edition) eBook: Horwitz, Tony: Amazon.de: Kindle Store Select Your Cookie Preferences We use cookies and similar tools to enhance your shopping experience, to provide our services, understand how customers use our services so we can make improvements, and display ads. While a tourist at Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realized that, for him, the years between Columbus' landing in 1492 and the Pilgrim's Mayflower voyage in 1620 were a complete void. In his travels, he explores the Dominican Republic, where Columbus landed in 1492, retraces the path of Hernando de Soto through what is now the southeastern US, and visits sites in the Southw. Now, "A Voyage Long and Strange" is here, and it's one of his strongest books yet. A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World, by Tony Horwitz. Mainly Spanish presence in the American west and south (and their often tragic interactions with the natives) long before the pilgrims landed in the northeast. For folks like me who need an easy introduction to one phase of history or another, he's pretty useful. On a visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realizes he doesn't have a clue, nor do most Americans. This would have made a great serial in a magazine, one chapter published each month or quarter. Among the absolute worst. Author Horwitz had asked the pointed question, "Why elevate the Pilgrims to iconic status and ignore all the others who came to America before them?" I think most people realise that Columbus never sighted what is now any US landform, but the deception of the history goes much deeper. This was my first book by Tony Horwitz but definitely not my last. . 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