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The Discovery of America, 1492–1584

Nature volume 100, page 283 (13 December 1917) | Download Citation



THIS volume is one of a series which aims at illustrating the history of geographical discovery by means of selected voyages and travels. The books are intended for use as school readers as aids in the teaching of geography. With this end in view, spelling and punctuation have been modernised, though archaic words have been kept. A list of some dates in the history of geographical discovery and a few notes have been added. The present volume contains the first three voyages of Columbus, Sir Humphrey Gilbert's voyage of 1583, the voyage of Amadas and Barlow to Virginia in 1584, and Jacques Cartier's voyage to the St. Lawrence. There are a number of illustrations reproduced from old prints and woodcuts, and a few useful sketch maps. So far as the plan of the series goes, the present volume is well executed, but it is a little difficult to see what place such a book can find in the school curriculum. The English and style are scarcely suitable for the teaching of reading, while the geographical knowledge to be derived from the voyages is not sufficient to warrant the use of the volume as a text-book in geography. The limited time devoted to geography in most schools could be more profitably utilised. We trust, however, that some use may be found for the series.

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