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On the Edge: Mapping North America's Coasts

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With our access to Google Maps, Global Positioning Systems, and Atlases that cover all regions and terrains and tell us precisely how to get from one place to another, we tend to forget there was ever a time when the world was unknown and uncharted--a mystery waiting to be solved.

In On the Edge, Roger McCoy tells the captivating--and often harrowing--story of the 400 year effort to map North America's Coasts. Much of the book is based on the narratives of mariners who sought a passage through the continent to Asia and produced maps as a byproduct of their journeys. These courageous explorers had to rely on the most rudimentary mapping tools and to contend with unimaginably harsh conditions: ship-crushing ice floes; the threat of frostbite, scurvy, and starvation; gold fever and mutiny; ice that could lock them in for months on end; and, inevitably, the failure to find the elusive Northwest passage. Telling the story from the explorers' perspective, McCoy allows readers to see how maps of their voyages were made and why they were so full of errors, as well as how they gradually acquired greater accuracy, especially after the longitude problem was solved. On the Edge tracks the dramatic voyages of John Cabot, John Davis, Captain Cook, Henry Hudson, Martin Frobisher, John Franklin (who nearly starved to death and become known in England as "the man who ate his boots"), and others, concluding with Robert Peary, Otto Sverdrup, and Vihjalmur Steffanson in the early twentieth century.

Drawing upon diaries, journals, and other primary sources--and including a set of maps charting the progress of exploration over time--On the Edge shows exactly how we came to know the shape of our continent.

About the Author

Roger M. McCoy is Professor Emeritus, University of Utah, and the author of Ending in Ice.

Table of Contents

1. The urge to discover lands and make maps

Part I: THE PROJECT BEGINS

2. Earliest ventures to the Northwest Passage: John Cabot and others

Part II: 1576-1632

3. Sailors and sailing in the sixteenth century.

4. Martin Frobisher succumbs to gold fever

5. John Davis makes a near miss

6. Henry Hudson has a very bad day

7. Further efforts probe the east coasts

Part III: 1719-1789

8. From the Pacific and through the tundra

Part IV: 1822-1878

9. John Franklin's expedition fails, but opens the door to success

10. The Franklin searchers almost finish the map

11. Finding the North Pole

Part V: FINISHING THE PROJECT

12. Amundsen sails through

Endnotes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199744046
Author:
Mccoy, Roger
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
McCoy, Roger
Author:
McCoy, Roger M.
Subject:
History
Subject:
History, Other | History of Science
Subject:
Geography-General
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 bw
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
6.4 x 9.4 x 1 in 1.15 lb

Related Subjects

Engineering » Civil Engineering » Cartography
History and Social Science » Geography » General
History and Social Science » Geography » Mapping and Cartography
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » General
Young Adult » General

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