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The Picture History of Great Explorers
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A fun and informative guide to the history of world explorers. Fact-filled and checked by experts from the Royal Geographical Society. Ages: 8+.
A fun, informative, chronological guide to the history of world explorers, this book profiles both ancient and recent explorers, including Alexander the Great, Kublai Khan, Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, Lewis and Clark, Wilfred Thesiger, and Yuri Gagarin. Combining entertaining fact and historical information with eye-catching illustration, author Gillian Clements places each explorer in the context of his or her own time with details of other important contemporary events and figures, the new inventions and technologies which were the springboards for their adventures, and the destinations that captured the world's imagination at that time.
The Picture History of Great Explorers is a fun, informative, and chronological guide to the history of world explorers that covers a wide range of figures: the well-known and the all-but-forgotten, men and women, even a couple of Russian space dogs. It begins with the ancient explorers such as Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, treks on through to Magellan and Drake, continues with Lewis and Clark and John C. Frémont, and comes right up to the present day with Ranulph Fiennes. Each page puts an explorer in the context of his or her own time with details of other important contemporary events and figures, the new inventions which were the springboards for their adventures, and the areas of the world which were capturing peoples imaginations. Gillian Clements explains the reasons behind exploration and how technology and exploration have gone hand-in-hand throughout history. Combining entertaining fact and historical information with amusing, eye-catching illustrations, the book is a delight for readers of any age.
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