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Exploration of North America, American History to 1607, Viking Discovery of America, Voyage of Christopher Columbus, Spanish Explorers in America. Free online books on voyages and expeditions of discovery in North America and the world until the Jamestown settlement in 1607.

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America – Discovery and Exploration Collection

About 360 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of America – Discovery and Exploration. Some books: Discovery of North America, The Viking Discovery of America, England and the Discovery of America 1481-1621, The Exploration of North America 1630-1776, Narratives of the Discovery of America, The Vinland Sagas: the Norse discovery of America, The Explorer’s Age: first-hand accounts of discovery and exploration, Christopher Columbus: the voyage of discovery 1492, Spanish Exploration in the Southwest 1542-1706, North American Discovery: circa 1000-1612, North America from Earliest Discovery to First Settlements, Braving the North Atlantic: the Vikings, the Cabots and Jacques Cartier Voyage to America, many more books about Discovery and Exploration.

Spanish Exploration in the Southwest, 1542-1706

Bolton, Herbert Eugene
Scribner’s Sons 1916 Dewey Dec. 973.1

Spanish explorers in America. A volume in the series “Original Narratives of Early American History”.

Contents:Exploration and plans for the settlement of California: The Cabrillo-Ferrelo expedition; The Vizcaino expedition. — Exploration and settlement in New Mexico and in adjacent regions: The Rodriguez expedition: The Espejo expedition; The Oñate expeditions and the founding of the province of New Mexico. — Exploration and settlement in Texas: The Bosque-Larios expedition; The Mendoza-López expedition to the Jumanos; The De León-Massanet expeditions. — Arizona; the Jesuits in Pimería Alta. Exploration of North America Free Online Books

Spain in America 1450-1580 (American Nation, Vol. 3)

Bourne, Edward Gaylord
1904 Dewey Dec. 973.1

Spanish explorers in America. “A reliable and interesting book which provides an account of the discovery and exploration of America and also presents a sketch of the Spanish colonial system. Critical essay on authorities.” – Standard Catalog 1929

Contents: 1. Preliminaries of Discovery (867-1487) 2. Preparations of Columbus (1446-1487) 3. Columbus’s Discovery and the Papal Demarcation Line (1492-1494) 4. Columbus at the Zenith of his Fortunes (1493-1500) 5. Voyages of the Cabots and Corte-Reals (1496-1502) 6. Development of the Coast-Line (1496-1506) 7. Amerigo Vespucci and the Naming of America (1499-1507) 8. The Search for a Strait (1508-1514) 9. Magellan and the First Voyage around the World (1519-1522) 10. Exploration of the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts (1512-1541) 11. Exploration of the Interior of North America (1517-1541) 12. French and Spaniards in Florida (1558-1568) 13. The Achievement of Three Generations (1492-1580) 14. The Beginnings of Spanish Colonial Policy (1493-1518) 15. Spanish Colonial Government and Administration (1493-1821) 16. Spanish Emigration to America (1500-1600) 17. Race Element and Social Conditions in Spanish America (1500-1821) 18. Negro Slaves (1502-1821) 19. Colonial Commerce and Industry (1495-1821) 20. The Transmission of European Culture (1493-1821) 21. Critical Essay on Authorities. Exploration of North America Free Online Books.

The Explorers of North America, 1492-1806

Brebner, John Bartlet
Doubleday 1955 Dewey Dec. 973.1

Brebner “not only traces [the explorers’] progress but reveals them as human beings against a huge panorama in which the Spaniards— Ponce de Leon, Cortés, Coronado, de Soto—push forward from the South; the French—Cartier, Champlain, Jolliet, Marquette—move down from the North; British and Americans set out westward from the Atlantic, and the Russians come down from Alaska. Brebner tells of the conditions of travel in the wilderness, of the aims of the early explorers, of the Indians in their primitive state, and of the way in which the North American continent was crossed and recrossed and finally unveiled within three hundred years by intrepid men.” -Book cover. Exploration of North America Free Online Books.

Early English and French Voyages, Chiefly from Hakluyt, 1534-1608

Burrage, Henry S.ed.
Scribner’s Sons 1906 Dewey Dec. 973.1

Exploration of North America. A volume in the series “Original Narratives of Early American History”.

Contents:Introduction.–The first relation of Jaques Carthier of S. Malo.–A shorte and briefe narration (Cartier’s second voyage)–The third voyage of discovery made by Captaine Jaques Cartier.–The voyage of M. Hore.–The voyage made by M. John Hawkins, esquire, written by John Sparke.–The third troublesome voyage made with the Jesus of Lubec, by J. Hawkins.–The world encompassed by Sir Francis Drake (California)–A report of the voyage of Sir Humfrey Gilbert, knight, by Master Edward Haies.–The first voyage made to the coasts of America, by Captain Arthur Barlowe.–Account of the particularities of the imployments of the Englishmen left in Virginia, by Master Ralph Lane.–A third voyage to Virginia.–The fourth voyage made to Virginia in the yere 1587, by Governor John White.

The European Background of American History, 1300-1600 (American Nation, Vol. 1)

Cheyney, Edward Potts
1904 Dewey Dec. 973.1

“The object of this book is to furnish a background that will help the students understand conditions and social forces in America. It includes an account of medieval commerce, early explorations, the great commercial companies and their colonies, the religious wars of Europe, and English life and forms of government.” – Standard catalog for high school libraries.

Contents: 1. The East and the West (1200-1500) 2. Oriental and Occidental Trade-Routes (1200-1500) 3. Italian Contributions to Exploration (1200-1500) 4. Pioneer Work of Portugal (1400-1527) 5. The Spanish Monarchy in the Age of Columbus (1474-1525) 6. Political Institutions of Central Europe (1400-1650) 7. The System of Chartered Commercial Companies (155)-1700) 8. Typical American Colonizing Companies (1600-1628) 9. The Protestant Reformation on the Continent (1500-1625) 10. Religious Wars in the Netherlands and Germany (1520-1648) 11. The English Church and the Catholics (1534-1660) 12. The English Puritans and the Sects (1550-1689) 13. The Political System of England (1500-1689) 14. The English County and its Officers (1600-1650) 15. English Justices of the Peace (1600-1650) 16. English Parish or Township Government (1500-1650) 17. Critical Essay on Authorities

The Journal of his First Voyage to America

Columbus, Christopher
1924 Dewey Dec. 973.1

“It is the actual record of the journey which has inspired hundreds of novels, plays and poems, and the reader may be assured that this simple, bare and direct narrative of one of the world’s greatest adventures is much more interesting than most of these creative efforts.” NY Times. Voyage of Christopher Columbus.

Ferdinand Magellan and the Quest to Circle the Globe

Crompton, Samuel W.
Chelsea House 2006 Dewey Dec. 973.1

Magellan set out in 1519 with five ships to find a passage through the Americas. Such a passage, if it existed, would allow Spanish ships to follow a westward route to the East Indies. After months of fruitless searching, Magellan eventually found a narrow, dangerous sea passage at the bottom of South America now called the Strait of Magellan. In 1522, a lone ship sailed into the harbor at Seville, making its crew the first men to sail completely around the world.

The Discovery of America, with some account of Ancient America and the Spanish Conquest

– Volume 2

Fiske, John
1892 Dewey Dec. 973.1

“A rare combination of thorough scholarship, well balanced judgment and literary charm characterize this work.” Larned’s Literature of American History.
“Through his brilliant series covering the colonial and Revolutionary periods, Fiske has done perhaps more than any other writer to make the reading of our history popular.” E. W. Pahlow. Exploration of North America, Spanish Explorers in America.

Contents: Volume I – 1. Ancient America 2. Pre-Columbian Voyages 3. Europe and Cathay 4. The Search for the Indies – Eastward or Portuguese Route 5. The Search for the Indies – Westward or Spanish Route 6. The Finding of Strange Coasts; Volume II – 7. Mundus Novus 8. The Conquest of Mexico 9. Ancient Peru 10. The Conquest of Peru 11. Las Casas 12. The Work of Two Centuries, Appendix

Vikings: the North Atlantic Saga

Fitzhugh, William W. and Ward, Elizabeth I.
Smithsonian 2000 Dewey Dec. 973.1

Replete with color photographs, drawings, and maps of Viking sites, artifacts, and landscapes, this book celebrates and explores the Viking saga from the combined perspectives of history, archaeology, oral tradition, literature, and natural science. The book’s contributors chart the spread of marauders and traders in Europe as well as the expansion of farmers and explorers throughout the North Atlantic and into the New World. They show that Norse contacts with Native American groups were more extensive than has previously been believed, but that the outnumbered Europeans never established more than temporary settlements in North America. Viking discovery of America.

North American Exploration

Gotay, Michael and Bowman, John S.
Castle 2006 Dewey Dec. 973.1

“Provides a unique one-stop resource for essential information on every major explorer, expedition, and event involved in the discovery and exploration of North America, as well as hundreds of lesser-known exploits, verified and unverified pre-Columbian landfalls, and Native peoples . Over 4,000 entries covering every major expedition, leader, geographical feature, and milestone” – Publisher. Exploration of North America, Voyage of Christopher Columbus, Spanish Explorers in America.

Content: North America before Columbus — The Spanish enter the New World, 1492-1635 — The Atlantic seaboard, 1497-1680 — Exploring west of the Mississippi, 1635-1800 — From the Appalachians to the Mississippi, 1540-1840 — Across the North American continent, 1720-1880 — The Arctic and northernmost regions, 1572-1992

Voyages of Samuel De Champlain, 1604-1618

Grant, W. L., ed.
Scribner’s Sons 1907 Dewey Dec. 973.1

A volume in the series “Original Narratives of Early American History”.

Accounts cover Champlain’s voyages of 1604-1607, to the Great River St. Lawrence, 1608-1612, Second voyage to New France 1610, 3rd voyage of Champlain in 1611, 4th voyage of Champlain 1613, voyages and discoveries in New France, 1615-1618. Exploration of North America.

Age of Exploration

Hale, J.R.
Time-Life 1996 Dewey Dec. 973.1

Numerous color illustrations and concise text survey the world as it was known from 1420 to 1620 and the major exploratory expeditions of that period. Popular history from the publisher Time-Life.

Content: Eve of adventure — Prince Henry’s captains — “Enterprise of the Indies” — Art of navigation — Cathay: Persistent vision — North to the Orient — “Terra Australis incognita” — World takes shape — Chronologies — Bibliography

Spanish Explorers in the Southern United States, 1528-1543

Hodge, Frederick W. et al., eds.
Barnes & Noble 1907 Dewey Dec. 973.1

Spanish Explorers in America. In the series, “Original Narratives of Early American History”. Contains the following three documents, edited and translated:
“The Narrative of Alvar Nunez Cabeca de Vaca”
“The Narrative of the Expedition of Hernando de Soto by the Genetleman of Elvas”
“The Narrative of the Expedition of Coronado, by Pedro de Castaneda”

A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World

Horwitz, Tony
Henry Holt 2008 Dewey Dec. 973

An irresistible blend of history, myth, and misadventure, A Voyage Long and Strange captures the wonder and drama of first contact. Vikings, conquistadors, French voyageurs—these and many others roamed an unknown continent in quest of grapes, gold, converts, even a cure for syphilis. Though most failed, their remarkable exploits left an enduring mark on the land and people encountered by late-arriving English settlers.
Tracing this legacy with his own epic trek—from Florida’s Fountain of Youth to Plymouth’s sacred Rock, from desert pueblos to subarctic sweat lodges—Tony Horwitz explores the revealing gap between what we enshrine and what we forget. Displaying his trademark talent for humor, narrative, and historical insight, A Voyage Long and Strange allows us to rediscover the New World for ourselves.

Contents: Prologue : The lost century — Vinland: first contact — 1492 : the hidden half of the globe — Santo Domingo: the Columbus jinx — Dominican Republic: you think there are still Indians? — The Gulf coast: naked in the new world — The Southwest: to the seven cities of stone — The plains: sea of grass — The South: De Soto does Dixie — The Mississippi: conquistador’s last stand — Florida: fountain of youth, river of blood — Roanoke: lost in the lost colony — Jamestown: the captain and the naturals — Plymouth: a tale of two rocks. Viking discovery of America, What did Sir Walter Raleigh discover?

Magellan

Joyner, Tim
International Marine 1992 Dewey Dec. 973.1

“A solid account of the explorer’s life and achievements. Joyner reminds us how the voyage felt to the men who lived through it … Exceptionally well written.” – Library J.

The Great Explorers: The European Discovery of America

Morison, Samuel Eliot
Oxford University 1978 Dewey Dec. 973.1

“This abridgement of the late Samuel Eliot Morison’s magnum opus, The European Discovery of America, which the Journal of Southern History called “an epic work of true grandeur,” and the Virginia Quarterly Review considered “a great book by a great historian,” preserves the originality, scholarship, and vivid descriptions of the original volumes.”

Contents:1. English ships and seamen 1490-1600 — 2. John Cabot’s voyages 1497-1498 — 3. Voyages to the Labrador and Newfoundland 1500-1536 — 4. The French maritime background 1453-1590 — 5. The voyages of Verrazzano 1524-1528 — 6. Cartier’s first voyage 1534 — 7. Cartier’s second voyage 1535-1536 — 8. The search for Saguenay 1538-1543 — 9. Queen Elizabeth and her master mariners — 10. Frobisher’s second and third voyages 1577-1578 — 11. The northern voyages of John Davis 1585-1587 — 12. Christopher Columbus — 13. His “Enterprise of the Indies” — 14. Columbus’s first voyage of discovery, August-October 1492 — 15. The Greater Antilles, 12 October 1492-15 March 1493 — 16. Triumph and tragedy, March 1493-April 1494 — 17. Jamaica, Cuba, and rebellion, 1494-1496 — 18. Third voyage, mainland discovered, 1498-1500 — 19. The mariner’s day — 20. Columbus’s fourth voyage, 1502-1504 — 21. Ferdinand Magellan — 22. Armada de Molucca, 1517-1519 — 23. Magellan’s voyage to the Strait, 1519-1520 — 24. The strait that shall forever bear his name,” October-November 1520 — 25. Across the Pacific — 26. Philippines and Spice Islands — 27. Homeward bound, 1522 — 28. Drake’s voyage of circumnavigation, 1577-1579 — 29. Drake in California, 1579. Exploration of North America, Voyage of Christopher Columbus.

The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503

Olson, Julius E. and Bourne, Edward G., eds.
Scribner’s Sons 1906 Dewey Dec. 973.1

A volume in the series “Original Narratives of Early American History”.

Contents:Original narratives of the voyages of the Northmen: Introduction. The saga of Eric the Red. The Vinland history of the Flat Island book. From Adam of Bremen’s Descriptio insularum Aquilonis. From the Icelandic annals. Papal letters concerning the bishopric of Gardar in Greenland during the fifteenth century.

Original narratives of the voyages of Columbus: Articles of agreement between the lords, the Catholic sovereigns, and Christóbal Colon. Title granted by the Catholic sovereigns to Christóbal Colon of admiral, viceroy, and governor of the islands and mainland that may be discovered. Journal of the first voyage of Columbus. Letter from Columbus to Luis de Santangel. Letter from Columbus to Ferdinand and Isabella concerning the colonization and commerce of Española. Letter of Dr. Chanca on the second voyage of Columbus. Narrative of the third voyage of Columbus as contained in Las Casas’s history. Letter of Columbus to the nurse of Prince John. Letter of Columbus on the fourth voyage.

Original narratives of the voyages of John Cabot: Letter of Lorenzo Pasqualigo to his brothers Alvise and Francesco, merchants of Venice. The first letter of Raimondo de Soncino, agent of the Duke of Milan, to the duke. The second letter of Raimondo de Soncino to the Duke of Milan. Despatch to Ferdinand and Isabella from Pedro de Ayala, junior ambassdor at the court of England, July 25, 1498. Viking discovery of America, Voyage of Christopher Columbus.

Discovering Christopher Columbus: How History is Invented

Pelta, Kathy
Lerner 1991 Dewey Dec. 973.1

“A fresh approach, profusely illustrated… A well-researched, well-written study of how the facts surrounding Columbus’s life are still being uncovered.” – School Lib. J. Voyage of Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus: Master of the Atlantic

Thomas, David A.
Deutsch 1991 Dewey Dec. 973.1

“A lavishly illustrated, comprehensive and straightforward account of the great man and his achievements … Columbus’s life was as colorful and bizarre as his reputation is great. With its background details of fifteenth-century life at sea, in the royal courts and in the New World colonies, [the book] brings the man and his achievements to life.” – Publisher. Voyage of Christopher Columbus

Sir Walter Raleigh: Being a True and Vivid Account of the Life and Times of the Explorer, Soldier, Scholar, Poet, and Courtier – The Controversial Hero of the Elizabethian Age

Trevelyan, Raleigh
Holt 2004 Dewey Dec. 973.1

Tall, dark, handsome, and damnably proud, Sir Walter Raleigh was one of history’s most romantic characters. An explorer, soldier, courtier, pirate, and poet, Raleigh risked his life by trifling with the Virgin Queen’s affections. To his enemies—and there were many—he was an arrogant liar and traitor, deserving of every one of his thirteen years in the Tower of London.
Regardless of means, his accomplishments are legion: he founded the first American colony, gave the Irish the potato, and defeated Spain. He was also a brilliant operator in the shark pool of Elizabethan court politics, until he married a court beauty, without Elizabeth’s permission, and later challenged her capricious successor, James I.
Raleigh Trevelyan has traveled to each of the principal places where Raleigh adventured—Ireland, the Azores, Roanoke Islands, and the legendary El Dorado (Orinoco)—and uncovered new insights into Raleigh’s extraordinary life. New information from the Spanish archives give a freshness and immediacy to this detailed and convincing portrait of one of the most compelling figures of the Elizabethan era.

Cartier to Frontenac; Geographical Discovery in the Interior of North America in its Historical Relations 1534-1700

Winsor, Justin
1894 Dewey Dec. 973.1

“Neither the cartographical nor the historical side of the study is slighted and, without parade of learning, the results of a profound though special erudition are given in each chapter. Equally interesting and thorough, it is a standard of what such writing should be. The illustrations are also a strong feature of the book. It abounds with excellent reproductions of plans, portraits and early maps.” – Lit. of American History

Contents: 1. From Columbus to Cartier. 1492-1534 2. Cartier, Roberval, and Allefonsce. 1534-1542 3. The Results of Cartier’s Explorations. 1542-503 4. Abortive Attempts at Colonization. 1600-1607 5. Colonization Established at Quebec. 1608-1613 6. War, Trade, and Missions. The Fall of Quebec. 1614-1629 7. Quebec Restored. Explorations of Nicolet. Death of Champlain. 1630-1635 8. From the Death of Champlain to the Reorganization of the Government. 1635-1663 9. Reorganized Canada. 1663-1672 10. The Mississippi Reached. 1673 11. Cataraqui and Creveceour. 1673-1680 12. Duluth and Hennepin on the Mississippi. 1678-1683 13. La Salle, Frontenac, and La Barre. 1681-1683 14. La Salle’s Texan Colony. 1684-1687 15. Denonville and Dongan. 1683-1687 16. Frontenac Recalled. 1687-1698. Exploration of North America.