To the Ends of the Earth

The Age of the European Explorers


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About the Book

The European explorers who dared to face the perils of the unknown have in recent times become shrouded in controversy. No longer esteemed as heroes, except in their homelands, these bold explorers are now seen as purveyors of disease, destruction and slavery whose only interests were finding gold, becoming famous, and spreading their religious beliefs. But, as the author of this work points out, these explorers broke down long-standing myths and broadened the world’s horizons.
Beginning with Prince Henry the Navigator’s worldly vision of finding a direct sea route to India and concluding with Ferdinand Magellan’s quest to be the first man to sail around the world, this work tells the collective story of the numerous explorers who sought to find a path to the exotic spices and other treasures of the Far East. Most of the explorers included in this work were of the same generation and several of them even sailed together. The book also examines the political, social and economic factors that ushered in the age of exploration and had such an impact upon the explorers.

About the Author(s)

After a long career in the banking industry, Peter O. Koch now runs a small online business. The author of several books, his research interests include American Indian cultures and the New World expeditions of the Spaniards. He lives in Bradenton, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Peter O. Koch
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 292
Bibliographic Info: photos, maps, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2003
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1565-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8380-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

ONE      The Routes of Trade      5

TWO      In Search of Cathay      33

THREE      Following the Dream of Prince Henry      61

FOUR      The Spanish Crusade      80

FIVE      At the Edge of a New World      98

SIX      Visions of Cathay      118

SEVEN      The Spice Monopoly      135

EIGHT      Those Who Trespass Against Columbus      156

NINE      Same Planet, Different Worlds      174

TEN      The Grand Prize      203

ELEVEN      Colonization of the Caribbean      220

TWELVE      The Voyage of Magellan      242

THIRTEEN      When the World Became Whole      259

Bibliography      277

Index      279