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Wanderers & Nomads: True Stories of Eccentric and Wild Explorers in the Americas (Explorers of the Americas Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen R. Bown
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Book Description

Wanderers and Nomads is a collection of fifteen true stories of historical adventurers and travelers in the Americas. From the first tourist voyage in 1536 that ended in shipwreck and cannibalism in Newfoundland, to the four year Arctic survival epic of Captain John Ross in the 1830s, to Lavrenity Zagoskin's first Russian scientific expedition in Alaska in 1842, to a duo of British spies scouting Old Oregon for military installations in 1845, these tales will be sure to bring to light shocking and little-known vignettes from an era when most of North America was still a frontier. With fourteen maps and dozens of historical images.

Part one of the Explorers of the Americas Series. Read part two in the series: Great American Naturalists: 200 Years of Adventure and Discovery on the Ultimate Scientifc Quest.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2603 KB
  • Print Length: 151 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brink&Bown Research and Writing, Ltd. (February 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007A4I2RM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read August 24, 2012
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The book is a collection of short stories about little known events during the early exploring and settling of North America. Being a history buff I really enjoy reading these short pieces. They fill in the gaps and give you a feel for life as it was during those times, like attempts at tourism that were poorly planned. Well worth the time to read it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars collection of short tales October 25, 2013
By lorwi
Format:Kindle Edition
A good book for intermittent reading opportunities. Some tales are interesting while others are much less so. While there are much better books, this is the best collection of shorts stories I have read. If you need something just to fill time here and there, you have found it in this collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read March 28, 2013
By Art
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Fascinating stories. Well worth the money. Gives you a real glimpse into adventurers of long past. It was not picnic, nor was it easy, and yet people still challenged themselves. Even at the time when life was much harder then now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading to pass the time with some nonfiction. July 21, 2013
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Most interesting stories from 2 and 3 centuries ago in early North American exploration and settlement. Some fascinating characters. Short stories that are easy to read when convenient.
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More About the Author

I am an award-winning author of historical non-fiction with eight books to my credit, published internationally and translated into many languages.

My book Scurvy: How a Surgeon, a Mariner and a Gentleman Solved the Greatest Medical Mystery of the Age of Sail was an international critical success and was selected as one of the Globe and Mail's Top 100 books of 2004. A Most Damnable Invention: Dynamite, Nitrates and the Making of the Modern World, was included in the Scientific American Book Club, the History Book Club and the Quality Paperback Book Club as well as being shortlisted for two awards. My next book, Madness, Betrayal and the Lash: The Epic Voyage of Captain George Vancouver, was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors' Association's Lela Common Award for Canadian History and won the 2009 B.C. Book Prize Booksellers' Choice Award.

After the publication of Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World, in 2010, I received a phone call from The Right Honourable Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada, telling me how much he enjoyed the book. He stayed up all night reading it, but he said the lost sleep was worth it.

1494: How a Family Feud in Medieval Spain Divided the World in Half was released in August 2011 in Canada and February 2012 in the United States. 1494 tells the true story involving a corrupt pope - Rodrigo Borgia, the patriarch of the family fictionalized in the hit Showtime series The Borgias - in an explosive feud between monarchs, clergy and explorers that split the globe between Spain and Portugal and made the world's oceans a battleground.

The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen was released in the US, Canada and the UK in the fall of 2012 to superior reviews and strong sales. Based on the discovery of hundreds of previously unused magazine and newspaper interviews and profiles, most from the New York Times, it presents a new perspective of Amundsen's personality and life and shows that he lived primarily in the United States for many years rather than in Norway as is commonly assumed.

My author facebook page is on which I post interesting historical tidbits related to my writing several times per week. I also have an author website which has a complete list of reviews:

I live in Canmore in the Rocky Mountains with my wife Nicky and two children. When I'm not writing I'm usually reading, mountain biking, hiking and camping in the summer, and downhill and cross country skiing in the winter.

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