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Cape Horn: The Story of the Cape Horn Region Hardcover – September, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-1881987048 ISBN-10: 1881987043

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  • Hardcover: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Ox Bow Pr (September 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881987043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881987048
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,047,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Tonette on December 29, 2011
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This is a very thick book of interesting reading. The accounts are in chronological order, each event briefly told under its own subheading. This makes it easy to refer to again. For me, it filled in some historical gaps. It is also easy enough to read aloud in stages to another adult. There are some 'fun' happenings out there on the open sea. The book contains some nautical detail and explanations that may engage someone of an intellectual mind. The explorers encountered surprises in tides and winds which they did not understand but which the author kindly explains to us. There are even further details recorded in the appendices of logs, notes, and reference quotes should you wish to dig deeper. There is so much information in this book that it is practical to have on hand as a reference. The picture on the cover is from a painting by Gordon Grant called Schouten's 'Unity'. Why he painted Cape Horn as belonging to Argentina and not Chile is a topic for consideration. I read this book first in the library, and I love it so much that it is on my personal wish list.
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Originally published in 1939, this book is really a good companion for any reader who loves history and exploration. The book has 16 chapters and in its pages the author try to put together all the great names of exploration who for some reason or another, traveled these cold and stormy waters of the southest tip of America. The author cover mostly every story, from Magellan, Drake and his vanished Elizabeth Island (curiously he placed an island to the east of Diego Ramirez, but the island is not there), Pedro Sarmiento, Thomas Cavendish, John Davis, Spilbergen, Schouten, Le Maire, Garcia de Nodal and the discovery of Diego Ramirez Island, Roggeveen, Lord Anson's voyages, James Cook, Bougainville, and others. Special mention is made to Fitzroy explorations and the later chapters deal with some other unknown stories of some ships that passed by the stormy Horn, including a passage about the huge icebergs seen in those voyages. The book mention the battle of Coronel and the Falklands in 1914 as well. If English is not your native language, I suggest to have a dictionary at hand, since lots of not very known words are used by the author (most of them are marine terms).

Cape Horn is proudly Chilean and that is wrongly shown in the cover picture. The book contain maps, but if you can get one with more detail, better off. The southest part of Chile are just beautiful, you have splendid landscapes and desolated locations you don't find anywhere in the world. Certainly, a great place to travel and see for yourself.
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