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A Voyage Long and Strange: On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, and Other Adventurers in Early America
A Voyage Long and Strange On the Trail of Vikings Conquistadors Lost Colonists and Other Adventurers in Early America Author:Tony Horwitz W hat happened in North America between Columbus's sail in 1492 and the Pilgrims' arrival in 1620? On a visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realizes he doesn't have a clue, nor do most Americans. So he sets off across the continent to rediscover the wild era when Europeans first roamed the New World in quest of gold, glory, converts, and eterna... more »l youth. Horwitz tells the story of these brave and often crazed explorers while retracing their steps on his own epic trek--an odyssey that takes him inside an Indian sweat lodge in subarctic Canada, down the Mississippi in a canoe, on a road trip fueled by buffalo meat, and into sixty pounds of armor as a conquistador reenactor in Florida.
A Voyage Long and Strange is a rich mix of scholarship and modern-day adventure that brings the forgotten first chapter of America's history vividly to life.« less
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This book is a perfect metaphor for the subject - it was a long and strange read, brutal at times, easy to get lost along the way but with the promise of gold at every turn to keep you going. Unfortunately, like most of the explorers he speaks of, I never found El Dorado in this one. I highly recommend "Confederates in the Attic" over this one.