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The Story of Geographical Discovery How the World Became Known   By: (1854-1916)

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"The Story of Geographical Discovery: How the World Became Known" by Joseph Jacobs is an remarkable chronicle of humanity's enduring pursuit to explore and understand the vast wonders of our planet. This comprehensive account delves into the history of geographical discovery, presenting a captivating narrative that guides readers through the remarkable journeys and courageous endeavors of countless explorers.

Jacobs skillfully weaves together a rich tapestry of accounts, spanning across different epochs and continents. From ancient times when civilizations sought to navigate the known world, to the transformative Age of Exploration, and finally to the scientific advancements of modern times, he brings to life the thrilling tales of those who pushed the boundaries of human knowledge.

What truly sets this book apart is the author's attention to detail. Jacobs masterfully combines historical facts, personal anecdotes, and insightful analysis, making each chapter an enjoyable and enlightening journey. The meticulous research behind this work is evident, as he seamlessly incorporates various primary sources and references to back up his claims, lending credibility and depth to the narrative.

Furthermore, Jacobs does an exceptional job of highlighting the cultural, political, and societal factors that motivated explorers in their quests. By incorporating this contextual background, the reader gains a richer understanding of how geographical discoveries shaped the world we know today. This sociocultural approach adds a layer of complexity to the narrative, making it far more engaging than a mere sequence of historical events.

Another commendable aspect of this book is its accessibility. Jacobs adopts a clear and concise writing style, avoiding unnecessary jargon and ensuring readers of all backgrounds can fully appreciate the content. Whether one is an avid history enthusiast or simply curious about the foundations of geographical knowledge, "The Story of Geographical Discovery" caters to a wide range of audiences.

However, one potential drawback is the vast scope covered in the book. While Jacobs successfully glides through different eras, this necessitates a somewhat superficial treatment of some noteworthy explorers and expeditions. Consequently, readers seeking an in-depth analysis of specific geographical discoveries may find the book lacking in detail.

Overall, "The Story of Geographical Discovery: How the World Became Known" is a captivating tribute to the relentless spirit of exploration that has defined human history. Joseph Jacobs presents an engaging narrative, skillfully combining historical facts, personal stories, and fascinating analysis. It is a commendable read, offering readers a comprehensive overview of the world's geographical discoveries throughout the ages.

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[Illustration: Arms granted to SEBASTIAN DEL CANO, Captain of the Victoria , the first vessel that circumnavigated the Globe

[ For a description, see pp. 129 30]]

The Story of Geographical Discovery

How the World Became Known

By Joseph Jacobs

With Twenty four Maps, &c.


In attempting to get what is little less than a history of the world, from a special point of view, into a couple of hundred duodecimo pages, I have had to make three bites at my very big cherry. In the Appendix I have given in chronological order, and for the first time on such a scale in English, the chief voyages and explorations by which our knowledge of the world has been increased, and the chief works in which that knowledge has been recorded. In the body of the work I have then attempted to connect together these facts in their more general aspects. In particular I have grouped the great voyages of 1492 1521 round the search for the Spice Islands as a central motive. It is possible that in tracing the Portuguese and Spanish discoveries to the need of titillating the parched palates of the mediƦvals, who lived on salt meat during winter and salt fish during Lent, I may have unduly simplified the problem. But there can be no doubt of the paramount importance attached to the spices of the East in the earlier stages... Continue reading book >>

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Reviewer: - June 27, 2014
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Hi! I'd like to get the audio of this book. Thanks.

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