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Who Was First?: Discovering the Americas (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards))

 
 
 
 
Who Was First?: Discovering the Americas (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards))
Author: Russell Freedman
ISBN 13: 9780618663910
ISBN 10: 618663916
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: 2007-10-15
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 96
List Price: $19.00
 
 

Many generations of American schoolchildren were taught that Columbus discovered America, and a holiday reminds us every October. But historical investigation in recent years has shown us otherwise. There is evidence that adventurers, explorers, traders, and nomads from various parts of the globe set foot on American soil long before 1492. And expeditions that landed in the Americas reported people already living there—indicating that America had been “discovered” before.
Russell Freedman brings his legendary skills as researcher and storyteller to this fresh and intriguing look at the American past. Colorful legends and first-person accounts are woven into the riveting narrative, which also illuminates the way historians and mapmakers have gathered, evaluated, and recorded information throughout the ages.

The Washington Post - Elizabeth Ward

Paintings, maps, engravings and photographs enrich a lucid, scrupulously documented text.