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Golden Book of the Dutch Navigators

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The Golden Book of the Dutch Navigators by Hendrik van Loon is an outstanding historical account of the fearless and innovative Dutch explorers who played a significant role in shaping the Age of Discovery.

Van Loon's detailed narration provides a captivating insight into the journeys of these navigators, their encounters with new lands and cultures, and their remarkable contributions to the advancement of navigation and cartography. The book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in maritime history, as it offers a comprehensive look at the Dutch Golden Age of exploration.

Aside from its informative content, the book is also beautifully illustrated with intricate maps and images that bring the adventures of these intrepid explorers to life. Van Loon's writing style is engaging and easy to follow, making it an accessible read for both history enthusiasts and casual readers alike.

Overall, The Golden Book of the Dutch Navigators is a well-researched and enlightening book that pays tribute to the bravery and ingenuity of these unsung heroes of exploration. Van Loon's passion for the subject shines through in every page, making this book a must-read for anyone fascinated by the age of exploration and discovery.

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This is a story of magnificent failures. The men who equipped the expeditions of which I shall tell you the story died in the poorhouse. The men who took part in these voyages sacrificed their lives as cheerfully as they lighted a new pipe or opened a fresh bottle. Some of them were drowned, and some of them died of thirst. A few were frozen to death, and many were killed by the heat of the scorching sun. But what of it? It was all in the day's work. These excellent fellows took whatever came, be it good or bad, or indifferent, with perfect grace, and kept on smiling. They kept their powder dry, did whatever their hands found to do, and left the rest to the care of that mysterious Providence who probably knew more about the ultimate good of things than they did. - Summary from the preface

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