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This book was a gift from my Mother in the 1930's and I enjoyed it so much as it traced the exploration and development our Great Nation in vignettes related to each explorer as well as the country which financed and sent them on. How the name America came to pass and just who and how all these lengthy explorations took place as well as the mistakes some of them made in dealing with the Native populations they encountered. I reread this beloved book and then purchased a Kindle Edition for my grandchildren to enjoy as well.One detail I should mention is the additional discoveries covered in Mexico, Central and South America as, after all, North, South as well as Central America are all one large Joined Continent. If it were not for Coronado exploring Mexico he never would have found New Mexico and the country East of the Manzano Mountains in Eastern New Mexico.
I picked up this book thinking that it would be fun to read about Leif Ericsson and the Vikings, and imagine my surprise when it turned out to be about some Italian and Spanish guys who got to the Americas 500 years later! What a rip-off!!
So, don't be fooled, this book is not about the men who found America, but about those who came later and conquered it.