To many readers, the exploration of this continent begins and ends with the advent of Columbus. This is, in fact, in every sense, a distortion. And The First Book of New World Explorers goes far to correct the misconception. Chapters on the Vikings, Pre-Columbian explorers, Columbus, the Spaniards, Magellan, and the French, allow the history student a clear perspective on the various steps which opened this country to European settlement. A compact and clearly written text, this book, which belongs in school libraries, shows the various motives and attitudes which directed the diversified groups to this continent and puts in historical focus the various contributions each group made.