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Vikings of the Pacific The Adventures of the Explorers who Came from the West, Eastward   By: (1871-1936)

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Vikings of the Pacific The Adventures of the Explorers who Came from the West, Eastward by Agnes C. Laut is a captivating and enlightening account of the little-known historical interactions between the ancient Vikings and the indigenous peoples of the Pacific.

The book provides a comprehensive exploration of the Vikings' incredible voyages of discovery, shedding light on their colonization efforts and cultural exchanges in the Pacific region. Agnes C. Laut's meticulous research and engaging storytelling transport readers back in time, immersing them in the dramatic events and astonishing encounters that shaped the history of this fascinating era.

One of the book's most notable strengths is Laut's ability to present historical facts and interpretations in an accessible and engaging manner. While the subject matter may seem specialized or complex to some, the author's skillful storytelling ensures that readers of all backgrounds can understand and appreciate the significance of these remarkable journeys. Moreover, her attention to detail, evident in the extensive citations and references, adds credibility to her narrative and reassures readers of the accuracy of the information presented.

Laut's vivid descriptions and meticulous attention to historical context breathe life into the characters and events depicted in the book. She brings to light the courage, determination, and resilience of the Viking explorers, as well as the diversity and complexity of the native populations they encountered. The author deftly navigates cultural differences, highlighting both the conflicts and rare harmonies that emerged from these intercultural exchanges. This nuanced approach allows readers to gain a deeper understanding of the socio-cultural dynamics that shaped the Pacific region during this fascinating period.

That said, some readers may find Laut's extensive focus on historical details overwhelming, particularly if they are seeking a more casual or introductory read. Additionally, the comprehensive nature of the book may occasionally sacrifice a fluid narrative pace, as there is so much ground to cover. However, for those with a genuine interest in the subject matter or a thirst for knowledge about lesser-known historical periods, these aspects are minor compared to the wealth of information provided.

In conclusion, Vikings of the Pacific The Adventures of the Explorers who Came from the West, Eastward is an engrossing, well-researched, and enlightening read. Agnes C. Laut's passion for the subject shines through in her writing, capturing the imagination and curiosity of readers from start to finish. Whether you are a history enthusiast or simply intrigued by untold stories from the past, this book is sure to transport you on an unforgettable journey across the vast and mystical Pacific Ocean.

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VIKINGS OF THE PACIFIC

The Adventures of the Explorers Who Came from the West, Eastward

Bering, the Dane; the Outlaw Hunters of Russia; Benyowsky, the Polish Pirate; Cook and Vancouver, the English Navigators; Gray of Boston, the Discoverer of the Columbia; Drake, Ledyard, and Other Soldiers of Fortune on the West Coast of America

by

A. C. LAUT

Author of "Pathfinders of the West," Etc.

[Frontispiece: Seal Rookery, Commander Islands.]

New York The MacMillan Company London: MacMillan & Co., Ltd. 1905 All rights reserved

Copyright, 1905, by the MacMillan Company. Set up and electrotyped. Published December, 1905.

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Foreword

At the very time the early explorers of New France were pressing from the east, westward, a tide of adventure had set across Siberia and the Pacific from the west, eastward. Carrier and Champlain of New France in the east have their counterparts and contemporaries on the Pacific coast of America in Francis Drake, the English pirate on the coast of California, and in Staduchin and Deshneff and other Cossack plunderers of the North Pacific, whose rickety keels first ploughed a furrow over the trackless sea out from Asia. Marquette, Jolliet and La Salle backed by the prestige of the French government are not unlike the English navigators, Cook and Vancouver, sent out by the English Admiralty... Continue reading book >>




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