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America: Discovery and Exploration (AMERICA Great Crises In Our History Told by Its Makers Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ferdinand Columbus , Washington Irving , Pope Alexander VI , Sebastion Cabot , Martin Waltzee-Muller , Christopher Columbus , George Bancroft , Charles Reese , John Fiske
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Book Description

It would be hard to find anything even in fiction more fascinating than
eye-witness accounts of history. Who could describe his voyage of
discovery as Columbus did himself in his letter to his friend Santangel?
Who could record the voyages of the Cabots and Henry Hudson, or the early
Spanish expeditions in present-day Florida, Calfornia and New Mexico,
better or more vividly than those who actually took part?

The first volume in this 12-volume series covers the pre-Columbian period
through Henry Hudson's third voyage in 1609. You'll read about American
exploration right back to the days of Erik the Red, with full and
fascinating accounts from actual participants in the events as well as
selections from the writings of major historians of early America such as
John Fiske, Washington Irving and Francis Parkman.


Introduction To The Series

"After you've heard two eyewitness accounts of an auto accident, you begin to
worry about history." This observation, attributed to the comedian Henny
Youngman, summarizes the dilemma you face when you want to find out what really
happened in the past. When you read a history book, the "facts" are actually the
author's own interpretation, often colored by a conscious or unconscious wish to
have you share a particular point of view. You're one step (or many steps)
removed from the original source material.

That's why the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States compiled this 12-
volume collection of writings of people who actually witnessed the key events in
American history - the actual actors in the events or contemporary observers of
them. Past historians have spent decades locating, studying and consulting vast
amounts of material such as this. This meticulously chosen selection brings you
the essence of history as originally recorded by those who participated in it.

You'll be reading mostly eye-witness accounts, by people contemporary with the
events they describe, including many significant historical figures themselves.
So you can make your own assessments, draw your own conclusions and gain an
understanding of past events undistorted by the prejudices, assumptions and
selectivity of professional historians. In some instances where there aren't
reliable or easily accessible eye-witness accounts, the compilers have chosen
extracts from objective, authoritative historians of past generations such as
Francis Parkman whose judgements have stood the test of time.

The extracts chosen aren't dry as dust: they provide an exciting, highly
readable narrative from the living past. They're part of the primary source
material on which all historical research is based - and these e-books bring
this original, classic reporting to you directly. Through these accounts, your
knowledge of American history will be immeasurably greater, your understanding
of the key events in the building of the nation immensely increased.

Founded in 1899, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) is a
nonprofit organization dedicated to foster camaderie among United States
veterans of overseas conflicts, from the Spanish-American War to Iraq and
Afghanistan, and to ensure that they receive due respect and entitlements for
the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of the nation. With
this mission, the VFW has a natural desire to encourage a broad understanding
and appreciation of American history, and this essential collection of
historical documents makes a huge contribution to that aim.

This reissue was scanned, formatted and converted to e-book format by
The VFW receives 50% of all
royalty revenue from these e-books. This book is about 300 print pages long.




Product Details

  • File Size: 607 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Library4History; 1 edition (January 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KAA9P2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good series. January 26, 2013
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have spent over 2 hours filling out how I rate products that I bought through the last year or so and then you have to have 20 more words in order for me to submit my ratting. This is it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very In depth history January 8, 2013
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I have not read very far into this book. Only the first 2 chapters. But what I have read so far has impressed my with the writer's research into America's early history. It is one I look forward to getting back to.
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