To the New World and BeyondBook - 2011
A visually spectacular maritime history of sailing ships and the extraordinary navigators who sailed them to the farthest corners of the globe.
From the mid-15th to mid-19th centuries, the driving force behind world exploration was Europe's growing passion for the luxuries of life and for discovering the uncharted territories that provided these luxuries. Sailing ships, driven by wind and human muscle, were navigated into every last bay and estuary on earth, searching for spices from the Orient, gold and ivory from Africa, beaver pelts, coffee and gold from the Americas and, finally, the luxurious pelts of sea otters from the Northwest Coast of North America.
Exquisitely illustrated with almost 100 of the author's paintings and many detailed maps and drawings of sailing ships, Voyages recounts the extraordinary feats of more than 20 daring maritime explorers, including Christopher Columbus, Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama, John Cabot, Giovanni da Verrazzano, Jacques Cartier, Martin Frobisher, Ferdinand Magellan, Francis Drake and James Cook. In narrating these explorers' tales, Gordon Miller touches on the great themes of maritime history, including the development of new maritime technologies, the extreme dangers of ships sailing into unknown waters, the rise and fall of the maritime empires, the courage (and often brutality) of life at sea, and the discovery of new continents, cultures and products.